Marshall & Baird. Union City, Tenn.
Entered at the post office, Union City. Tennes
see, a secona-ciass man roairer.
FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1922.
Democratic Ticket. ,
For Sheriff J. W. (Watt) Cherry ,
For Trustee Armour Rntliff
For County Court ClerkIt. H. Bond
For Circuit Court Clerk J N. Ruddle
' For Register W. J. Edwards, Jr.
For Eepresentative. . ,
BRATTON We are authorized to an
nounce S. R. Bratton at a candidate for
re-election a Representative from Obion
County in the General Assembly of Ten
nessee, .ubject to the action of the Demo
CHAS. CLAIBORNE. We are author
ized to announce Charles Claiborne of Dyer
County as a candidate for the Democratic
nomination for re-election as Floterial Rep
resentative for the counties of Dyer, Lake
and Obion, subject to the August primary.
For State Senator.
LeDUKE We are authorized to an
nounce B. F. LeDuke, of Lake County, as
a candidate for re-election as State Senator
from the counties of Weakley, Obion and
Lake, subject to the action of the Demo
MAIDEN. We are authorized to an
nounce S. L. Maiden, of Weakley County,
as a candidate for State Senator from the
counties of Weakley Lake and Obion in
the General Assembly in the State of Ten
nessee, subject to the action of the Demo
County School Taxes.
The Commercial, In a very hurried
and unthoughted way, made a very
big blunder last week in regard to
the county school tax. It Is not the
purpose of this paper to create a
false Impression, even for political
ends, and we are not often guilty of
so radical an error.
In the first place we were not fa
miliar with the disposition of the va
rious county tax funds, and in the
second place the article last week
was stimulated by a suggestion with
out the verification of the records.
The erticle referred to made it ap
pear that all the county EChool tax
is sent to the Slate treasury and
pooled with the State tax. This is
all a mistake. None of the county
school tax is sent out of the county,
but held here for county school pur
poses. The State tax collected in the
county for school purposes is sent to
the State department, but over three
fifths of this tax is returned to. the
county for county school purposes.
The Commercial is always ready t,o
correct an error, especially one which
Is so totally wide of the mark and
so liable to mislead those who are not
familiar with the facts.
' Therefore we are quoting some
figures from the 1921 taxes collected
COUNTY SCHOOL TAX.
Tax on land $65,485.69
Public utilities 7,726.54
Dog tax 1 1,903.99
Total . . 75,116.22
High school fund:
Land tax 5,780.85
Public utilities .... 903.10
Grand total '. $81,800.17
All of the above school tax funds
are held in the county for county
school purposes. The $6,683.95 high
school tax has no connection at all
with the special high school tax
funds, for the special high schools at
Hives, Troy, Hornbeak and South
Pulton. These special .high school
tax funds are kept entirely separate
and distinct from the other county
school funds and are not included in
the above statement.
State university fund:
Land tax . . . $13,037.86
Public utilities 1,719.40
Al of the above tax fund Is sent
cut of ihe county for the University
of Tennessee. It :3 a special levy of
five' cents for that school.
STATE SCHOOL TAX.
Collected in Obion Co... $36,426.95
All or this tax fund is sent out of
the county, but the State returns over
three-fifths of it to the county for
county school purposes as follows:
Elementary funl... $22,538.53
High school fund . 2,760.88
Therefore there is a balance of
only $11,125.54, which the county
loses to the State for the Department
of Education outside of the Universi-
ty of Tennessee. ,
We presume,that the operating ex
penses of the State Normal schools
come out of this balance, $11,125.54,
and similar school balances from all
the various counties of the State, J
and we must -admit that it is sur-f
prisingly small. "The building ap-j
propriations, etc., may come from
2ond issues and other sources. . ,
Prom the above it will ba seen that
jthe total of the State 'and Conty
u 1 fnr- 1Q91 anllnnrprl in''
Obion County was' $132)984,.S8. Of
this amount $107,099.58 is used. in
Obion County for county school pur
poses, and $25,882.80, Jess than one;
fifth, goes to the State.
Rather a radical difference from
the statement made last week that
all of the county school funds are sent
to the State officials and only two
fifths of the same'is returned.
We apologize for the statement
made without investigation, and fisk
that this statement made as near as
possible to represent the facts be sub
Now, it seems from the above that
Obion County pays approximately
$11,000 a year, which goes to , the
Department of Education, the State
normal schools and other branches
of State school work, outside of the
University of Tennessee. How much
f thto nun tn the State normal
111 bllAt? . " -
schools I don't know, And how much
the State pays to the State normal
schools from all sources and for all
purposes I don't know. Mr. Austin
Peav may be right in his statement
that the money required to run the
State .normal schools one whole term
would not run the elementary schools
of the State a whole week. Be that
as it may, there are too many schools
In Tennessee to tra'in teachers. Pea-
body College is training - teachers;
the University of Tennessee is train
ing teachers. The subject of Educa
tion is taught in both these schools,
designed expressly as a subject for
the training of teachers. Then we
have four State normal schools train
It is said that Tennessee is train
ing two thousand or more teachers
and less than five hundred teachers
trained in the State schools are at
work teaching in the elementary
schools of Tennessee. The worst part
of it is that the elementary school
system' of Tennessee is a disgrace. As
General Hannah states, Tennesee has
a fine record for' illiteracy. She stands
fourth from the bottom as one of the
States in1 illiteracy.
While we have all this elaborate
college and State normal work the
children of Tennessee are groping in
darkness for the lack of common
school advantages. In some counties
there are elementary schools which
run not more than five months in
the year, ,maybe less. The teachers
are in many cases probably not com
petent to train the children. The
school funds in such cases are not
sufficient to pay competent teachers.
Now, the disgraceful feature of
the State school system is the school
lobby and its interlocking interests
with the State University and the
State fairs, which this paper has
heretofore designated as the politi
cal triangle which controls the politi
cal fortunes of the people of Ten
nessee. If a Staje Senator or Rep
resentative outside of the charmed
circle or triangle wants anything he
must perforce seek the good graces of
that body, and the price is sometimes
very expensive. It may mean the
support of the University tax, the
State fair tax and the State normal
tax, oi perhaps an additional State
normal to accommodate a retiring
State Superintendent at something
like a salary of ten thousand dollars
a year and the cost of a new normal
school. If nothing of this knd is re
quired the school v book trust may
need his support. It now takes quite
a lot to get a local bill to pass mus
ter. It would be a Godcend to the peo
ple of Tennessee if the constitution
were amended to provide that no
bonds of any kind or character could
be issued without a referendum of
the voters and that all local legisla
tion should be committed to the sov
ereign county courts of the State.
This would mean democracy, true
democracy, the wiping out of the
shameful barter of the people's pub
On Monday night at a meeting of
the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
the question of platting or laying off
another section of East View Ceme
tery on the western boundaries was
taken up for consideration. Available
space in the grounds already platted
is nearly all in use and more burial
lots are needed. Along with this
proposition another matter in con
nection with burial grounds in the
city limits was suggested. That Is,
the practicability of allowing burial
permits to non-residents. Some years
ago under the city administration of
John T. Walker the grounds for East
View Cemetery were purchased by
the city and opened for cemetery pur
poses. Only a portion of the cemetery
was then platted and the lots offered
for sale. The old City Cemetery was
nearly full at the time, making it
necessary for the city to buy new
grounds. Now, as we stated, the
platted part of East View is practical
ly all taken, and new ground is to be
platted. The question therefore is
not a matter of choice or the disposi-
tion to make generous extensions to
non-residents -for burial in the city
limits, but it is purelya question of
possibility - Can , we 'provide burial
grounds for pur.PFH dead and ac
commodate" all the requests from non
residents! for burial lots? If burial per-r
mits are .not to be issued to non-resi
dents an exception should be. made
to those, of couree, who have some
'member or members of their family
burled in the city cemeteries here. It
would not do to be arbitrary, but to.
those non-residents ' who ' have no
property here and no relatives buried,
in the city limits of the corporation
of Union City, can we, in Justice to
our own citizens, allow the same priv
ileges for burial purposes?. "
That is a question which the board
considered last Monday; night and
which was referred to the City Cem
etey Committee. : The .question will
have to be decided one way or the
other and it should be decided with
all fairness and impartiality, at the
same time it should be decided with
a broad' view of our limitations and
' For State Senator.
' : The Cominercial is requested to an
nounce one of the distinguished Dem
ocrats and citizens of Weakley Coun
tv. S. L. Maiden, as a candidate for
State Senator from the counties of
Weakley, Lake and Obion in the Gen
eral Assembly of the State of Ten
nessee. Mr. Maiden is located at
Greenfield in the practice of law. He
has' served his people and fellow
Democrats with a great deal of credit
and high order of ability in many
.ways, some years ago being a member
of the lower house or tne btate leg
islature. Mr. Maiden is well known
over the State and especially in his
county where he is esteemed as a
fine citizen and an able lawyer. He
is anxious to serve the interests of his
Dartv and his people again and comes
before you as a candidate for State
Senator, pledging himself to the re
organization of State government in
the interest of economy and political
integrity. Mr. Maiden is a candidate
.subject to the action of his party and
asks a fair consideration or nis
claims. We are pleased to offer his
HON. AUSTIN PEAY .
Speaks in Union City To-day at the
Hon. Autln Peay, Democratic can
didate for Governor of Tennessee,
will speak in Union City to-day, 1:30
n.m. at the Courthouse. Mr. Peay
Will address ,the people of Obion
County on tax and administration re
forms and the public is cordiaii." in
vited to be present.
CAPT. G. T. FITZIIUGH
SPEAKS IN UNION CITY
To Address Citizens of Obion County
Thursday, July 13.
rant a T Fitz.hu::h. of Memphis,
Democratic candidate for the United
States Senate, will address tne cit-
izens-of Obion County on Thursday
July 13, at
Revnolds Theatre. Union city,
Thursday night at 8 o'clock.
Hornbeak, one o clock p.m.
Troy, 3:30 o'clock p.m.
Captain Fitzhugh has a very 1m
nnrtnnr mPKRfl2'f concerning the du
ties of Congress the preservation of
the principles of State sovereignty
and the vital Issues of taxation and
He is a candidate in the
Interest of the movement to protect
our government from the dangerous
trend to socialism, now iosierea in
tha frnise of Federal nromotlon of
public Institutions and benefactions.
Every voter snouia De present 10
hear Captain Fitzhugh. The recep
tion committee for the speaking is as
F.W. Moore, W.H. Swiggart, W.M.
Miles, Fenner Heathcock, Geo. A.
Gibbs, C. H. Cobb, Harris Parks, A.
J. COrum, E. A. Glover, Dr. C. W.
Miles, John T. Walker Tom Harris,
Rev. J. N. Bryson, H. W. Hicks, L. T.
Holliday, J. M. Calhoun, Dr. A. -E.
?oswell, S A. McDade, R. A. Gossum,
, B. Clement, Alex Mitchell, Dr. J
L. Wright, R. B. Gauntlett, W. M.
Warterfield, E. H. Marshall, John
Baird, Dr. W. A. Nailling, R. H.
Caldwell, Chas. W. Miles, Jr., J. M.
Ru3sell, J. M.-'Chapel, J. A. Howard,
S." F. Howard, J. R. Davis, T. J. Bon
ner, J. H. Steel, Jno. D. Alexander,
J. D. Jones, J. B. Mitchell, P. D.
Hornbeak, Dr. R. N. Whitehead, B.
V. Jernigan, J. R. Mills, Alex Smith,
W. M. Freed, Dr. liar Glover, John
E. Finch, J. M. Polk, S. B. Finch, T.
R. Reynolds, C. S. Talley, Dr E. S.
Baker, Rev. J. M. Pickens, H. O.
Head, Jr., I. P. Morris, A. C, Houser,
G. W. Tomerlin; E. P. Wadde-11, Ar
mour Ratliff, Dr. A. P. Warterfield,
J. A. Coble, F. R. Robertson, J. M.
Hickman, D. H. Burnett, W. W. Mor
ris, G. W. Robey, W. H. Forrester,
G. W. Stovall, Box FFox, Walter Via.
Chas. F. Caldwell, J. H. Bittick,
Squire John Crockett, E. F. McSped
den, E. L. Brown, R. T. Roberts, G.
B. Drisklll, Mrs. W.H. Swiggart. Mrs.
Harris Parks, Mrs. Geo. A. Gibbs; Jr.,
Mrs. S. F. Howard, Mrs. T. R. Rey
nolds. Mrs. H. O. Head, Jr., Mrs. Mor
ris Miles. Mrs. C. W. Miles, Sr., Mrs.
C. S. Talley, Mrs. J. M. Chapel, trs.
W. M. Warterfield, Mrs. Geo .Gibbs,
Sr.; Mrs. J A. Howard. Mrs. E. S. Ba
ker, Mrs. J. A. BaiAl, Mrs. W. W.
Heathcock,' Mrs. A. C. Houser, Mrs. C.
H. Cobb, Mrs E. A. Glover, Mrs. W.
A. Nailing, Mrs. G.W. Tomerlin, Mrs.
Felix Moore, Mrs. J. M. Pickens, Mrs.
John T. Walker, Mrs. Chus. Miles,, Jr.,
Mrs. J. A. Ccble.
Take advantage ofNnir reduced
prices on FURNACES during July.
Five room , house $225. Six room
house $235.' ' .
NAILLING-KEISER HDW. CO.
? , CLAUDE ANDREWS, Mgr. ;
Massey's Old Stand. Seomd Street
3 Union City, Terin. ' , Phone 298-J. ,
Exclusive Agents Obion County
First-class repairing Cars of ' all makes.
USED CAR BARGAINS
Chevrolet.. . .$100 Saxdn 6..;... .,..$150
Overland 80 150
Oakland Sedan $375.
AIMn good mechanical condition. Call
IVioitey to LiOari
' ' v ,v : ' ' . '-:'
I am authorized to take applications for long tinie loans
to' be made by The Northwestern Mutual Life In
surance Co., on improved farms of 50 acres or more in
Obion and Weakley Counties, Tennessee, and Fulton
County, Kentucky. The amount of money that can be
loaned at the present tinie is limited. The rate of intetest ''
is 6 per cent. Please call at once if you are in need, of
a farm loan. : t : : :, : i : : .
O. SPRAD LIN, Union City, Tennessee'
The place to STOP, the place to GO snd the place to
CALL when you are hungry.
WHEN you want the very best Tea to make Ice Tea.
WHEN you want anything fresh and nice in Vegeta-
WHEN you want any kind of Fruit to be had.
WHEN you want extra good Groceries or Meats
COME, STOP OR CALL
E. P. GRISSOM
.000 and up on
5 to 10 years, 6 per cent interest.
For particulars see.-
S. F. HOWARD
UNION CITY, TENN.
Studebaker6 .... 400
40 acres or more.
: GO YOU CERTAINLY CAN
when you carry a hand-made battery
on your car. It has lots of pep and!
staying power, will carry you up
steep hills and never fail to spark, j
Hitch up o,ur battery ard play safe.
McHTJGH BATTERY CO.
SALE OF. LAND FOX
I DRAINAGE TAX
Obion River Drainage District No. 1,
of Obion County,' vs. Earl- Davidson
et als. No.. 1406.- .
In obedience to a decree of the
Chancery - Court or UDion uouniyv
Tenn.,. at the April Term, 1922, in
the above styled cause I will, on
. Saturday, the 15th fiay of July ,
at one i'o' clock p.m. In front f the
East door of the Courthouse in union
nttir aoll ti'tliia TMo-lioaf nnri hpflt hlri-
der, certain tracts of ltnd hereinafter
described and ordered 'sola Dy - tne
na'A.Pmirt fm the niyrnnRPR of DftvinST
delinquent 'drainage taxes due there'
on. Tne land soia win oe suDjeci io
and encumbered by any future taxes
far-dralnaedwhlch mar be assessed
against such 1lan,d the same being
sold to pay th -afnage tax for 1919
and 1920. Tne several tracts of land
which will be sold are described as
i TkACi NO. X- Being tract No.-2
in Drainage filstrict No. 1 assessed to
.T W TtnriKhn&n consisting of 256
acres m tmi uisirici xno, io oi udiob
County County, Tenn., and bounded
on the North by .Ward, on the East
by B. B. Park, South by E. Morris,
yveat by the Obion River.
. TRACT NO. 2. Being tract iso.
6 In said drainage, district in Civil
District No. 11, in said State and
County, consisting of 107 acre:r,- as
sessed to A. R. Boyett and bounded
on the North by A. Wilson, East Dy
A. . L. Boyett, South by McKinnls, .
West by E. E. Parks.
TRAPT No. . 3. Beinar tract No.
11 In Raid rl rain ft ere district lvin.T in
said Civil District No. 11, of said f tate
and County, consisting or iuo acres,
assessed to Mrs. E. J. Boyett, A. L.
Boyett, fet. A. Boyett, Ollle Cowan,
C. N. Boyett, Myrtle Boyett, U. a.
Boyett, Varney ' E. Boyett, and
honnrtprl on the North bv A. Wilson.
on the East by Claud Pierce, on the
South by F. J. Sullivan, on the West
by A .L. Boyett.
TRACT NO. 4. Being tract jno.
lfi in Rfllrt dralnaere district and in
Civil District No. 11, in said State and
Pnun tv r.nnslatine of 10 acres, as
sessed to J. P. Thompson, bounded
on the. North by-H. J. Raymer, one
the East by E. E. Parks, on tne aoutn
by J. JE Thompson,, and on the West
by Moore. "
TRACT NO. 5. Being tract No.
88Mn said drainage district in,Civil.
nistsrint No. 11. of said State1 and
County,' assessed to M. B. Reedr con
sisting of 10 acres bounded on the
North by P. J. Smith land, on the
East "by P. Williams, on the South
by P. J. Smith lands, and on tne
West by A. G. West.
'TRACT NO. 6. Being tract xno.
12, in said cralnage district conslst
nsr nfs100 acres assessed to the
Obion Valley Land i nd Investment
Co.,a corporation being In Civil Dis
trict No. 11 of said state ana jouu-
t.r .nil linnnrlorl nn thn Nnrth bv Joe
Scearce, on the East 'by J. F Pierce
land, on the South by George Dahnke,
on the West by George Dahnke and
TRACT NO. 7. Being tract No.
65, in said drainage district lying In
Civil District No. 11, of said State
arid County, consisting of 1280 acres,
and bounded on the North by Obion
River, on the East by Rutherford
Pork, on the South by Bruce (now
Bushart), and on- the West by .Tack-
son, assessed to the Obion valley
Land and Investment Company.
TRACT NO. 8.-Belng tract No.
68 in said drainage district, assessed
to the Obion Valley Land and In
vestment Co., lying in-Civil District
No. 11, of said State and County,
consisting of 225 acres, and bounded
on the North by the Obion Valley
Land and Investment Co., on the East
by Chapel, on the South by Dahnke
and on the West by tho Obion River.
TRACT NO. S. Being tract No.
54 in said) drainage district, assessed
to the Obion Valley Land and In
vestment Company, consisting of 999
acres, lying In Civil District No. 11,
of said State and County, bounded
on the North by the Obion River, on
the East by C. A. James, on the
South by T. P. Finch, on the West
by T. J. Pierce.
TRACT NO. 10. Being tract No.
60 in said Drainage District assessed
to T. P. Paterson, consisting of 20
acres, located in Civil District No.
8 of said State and County, bounded
on the -North by the Obion Valley
Land and Investment Co,, on the East
bx McFadden, on the South by P.it
terson, and on tho West by Jackson
TRACT NO. 11. Being tract No.
63 In said drainage district, assessed,
to Irene Hopper, In Civil District No.
8, of said State and County, consist
ing of 30 acres bounded on the -North,
by the Obion Valley Land and In
vestment Co., on the East by Bing
ham, on the South by Hopper, and
on the West by Hopper.
TRACT NO, 12. Being tract No.
77, In said drainage district, lying la
U1VU Disinci xno. o ui sum
County, consisting of 45 acres, as
sessed to W. P. McFadden, bountfed
on the North by the Obion Valley
Land and Investment Co., on the East
by Hopperr on the South by McFad
den and on the West by McFadden.
Said sale will be made for cash.
' This June 13, 1922. v - 12-4t
GEO. A. GHJBS.
Clork and Master.
ByNelle F. Marshall. D. C. & M.
Tohe fmathcr8 and Gabe Gunshun
of the Mount Pisiy region of the
Ozarks, were guests of a hotel In, the
t, " T),.ixr ..fnntl CrtTYltt tlTYlO ITffpr
Ul i '111 (3 1 Ll,tliLiJ . hvul - - -
they had retired for. the night they
were rudely awakened by the fire
chief'iTcar raging past with its tlren
screeching in an unknown tongue.
"What the blue hec was that?""
cried Mr. Gunshun.
"I d'Unow persizely," ' replied Mr.
Tniathers," "but I reckon some feller
has stayed out too late and his wife
Is hunting him." Kansas City Star.
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