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BED SPOT Saves the Surface " Our Paper Is the Best BED SPOT PAINT & GLASS CO. BED SPOT Saves the Surface Our Paper Is the Best BED SPOT PAINT & GLASS CO. ERCIA IT Union City Commercial, established lfH) ( r.nIj jt.j e-,mW i irot West Tennessee Courier, established 1897 t Consohdnted September 1, 1897 UNION CITY, TENN., FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 1922. VOL. 32, NO. 23 FORD PLANTS TO CLOSE SEPTEMBER 16 Bitter Attack on Financial Circles Made by Motor Car Manufacturer. try, the country over, must "throw : up its hands in surrender" within a few weeks, if the rail and coal strike3 continue, Henry . Ford declared to day in' announcing the decision of the Ford Motor Company to close its plants here and in many other cities n September 16, because of the fuel situation. Mr. Ford held financial interests responsible for the industrial tie-up, declaring the "money barons" were . manipulating the labor unions, and that public officials, State and Na tional, were impotent in the crisis The strikes would end, he contin ued, "when the majority of the people are hungry enough to resort to dras tic action." "Continuance of these disturbances to the economic life of the nation is due simply to the greed and avarice of Wall street," Mr. Ford asserted, adding that these interests "domi nated he railroads, coal mines and public utilities of the country." The deadlock in strike negotiations indicated, he declared, the existence of a plot to unload the demoralized and run-down railroads on the gov ernment at their own price and to mulct the people through excessive coal prices." One hundred and five thousand employees of the Ford Motor Com pany throughout the country will be without Jobs after September 16. In addition, several hundred thousand other workers employed in industries furnishing materials for the Ford plants will be affected. ) Henry Ford gave these figures to day in announcing that his three big motor plants located in Detroit sub urbs, and his assembling ' plants throughout the country would be closed on that date because of the coal shortage. The announcement was the most severe blow that industrial Detroit has maintained since the industrial depression of two years ago. It means, according to Mr. Ford, that 75,000 men employed in the High land Park, River Rouge and Dear born plants of the company will be without work. Thirty thousand oth ers now working in the various as 8embling plants scattered throughout the entire country, will be thrown out of employment. How long the machinery in the Ford plants is to be stilled will depend entirely upon the coal supply of the future, the Detroit manufacturer said. The state ment issued by Mr. Ford, announcing the proposed shutdown, was the story of his losing fight during the last few months to insure a fuel supply suf ficient to keep his workers at their machines. REOPENING INDEFINITE. Mr. Ford declared he "had not the remotest idea" when the plant could be reopened. It was announced that the normal daily consumption of coal in the Ford industries was 3800 tons, and although declining to state the amount on hand at this time, offi eials said it would be impossible to do more "than keep the furnaces and ovens warm." Only a comparatively small num ber of the employees of the Ford plants will be retained in service dur- ing the shutdown, It was announced, Crews sufficient to keep the furnaces warm will be held, however. Mr. "Ford's statement follows: "The coal situation has become impossible. For the last several -weeks we have seen a situation ap proaching" that we feared would force us to close. We greatly regret h twins: to take that stPD. Edsel (Ed sel B. Ford, president of the Ford Motor Company) and I returned from our Eastern trip night before last, with every possible data and infor mation bearing on the subject. We strove until daylight, trying to ind some way out without closing down. "Every way we turned we were 'confronted by the situation that un der the present handling of coal there never could be a time when we would have rnough coal vto operate the sev eral departments of the plant simul taneously. "We, therefore, decided that of necessity we must close down sooner or later. We wish to keep enough coal on hand to keep our furnaces and coke ovens warm; to let them get cold would cause us a loss of hun dreds of thousands of dollars. A, the rate we are getting coal now, September 16 will mark, the time when we will have only enough coal left to keep our furnacs and ovens warm. RESERVE STOCK EXHAUSTED. "Our reserve stock by that time will have been completely exhausted We will therefore close down the en tire plant on September 16. "Last night we wired . 900 houses that supply us with material to stop shipments, and this morning letters and telegrams were sent out to about 1000 more. "We appreciate the great loss It will mean to the hundreds of supply houses, but it also will. mean a tre mendous loss to us. At present we are producing 5200 cars a day and we can sell 5300 a day. We have to close down at a time when we are doing a greater business than ever before in our history." Effect of the Ford shutdown will be felt in industry in every part of the country, according to officials of the company. The number of work ers employed by firms supplying the Ford company with various parts and raw materials, including iron and steel, was variously estimated at from "several hundred thousand to three million." SUBURBAN PLANTS CLOSED. -The Ford plants in Detroit's sub urbs were closed for a number of weeks during the industrial depres sion nearly two years ago. Mr. Ford was one of the first manufacturers to shut down at that time, declaring that economic conditions forbade con tinuance of operations. He was the first Detroit automobile manufacturer to resume, however. He reopened with a comparatively small number of workmen, adding to them rapidly. For a time he placed the men on a three-day-a-week basis in order that suffering might be re lieved among his employees. Later, as conditions improved, the employ ment figures rose to the height at tained during the "peak period" days following the war. At present, it is said, the company is manufacturing automobiles and tractors at a greater rate than ever before in its history. Announcement of the closing came as a distinct shock to the people of Detroit. Announcement was made recently that Mr. Ford had installed oil-burning furnaces at one of his plants as an experiment and the hope was held by many workmen that the Ford company could weather the coal shortage. It developed, to- day, however that only the furnaces in the machine shops had been con verted into oil burners. The Ford plants, in the aggregate, constitute Michigan's greatest indU3 try, from the standpoint of employ ment and as such are among the largest in the country. Business men and manufacturers here were unanimous that the closing of these plants might have far-reaching ef fects on the national economic situ ation . LIONS' BARBECUE AT TOURISTS CAMP Lions and Families to Lunch Next Tuesday Afternoon. At the meeting of the Lions Club last Tuesday the question of an out ing and picnic was proposed and a decision was finally reached to go to the tourists camp south of town for lunch at 5:30 p.m. instead of the noon hour. It is stated that the camp is now equipped for tourists with water arjd light connections and arrangement! for other accommodations. A suggestion was made in regard to finding homes for people wishing to locate in Union City. It is state! that there are no vacant houses and that it is hard to find rooms of any kind for rent. This matter shoul have the attention of all concerned We are soliciting boarding pupils fo the City High School and there should be some way to find accom modations for these people. There are others who are looking for homes In Union City and it is a matter that concerns lumbermen carpenters, masons, real estate people and many others as well as the pub lie schools. If no other way to get at the mat ter is found maybe the Union City Savings and Loan Association could start something. It is important. We cannot grow without homes. Ther? are no doubt a number of rooms tha can be offered to high school pupils but these rooms will have to be reg istered with the superintendent of the schools, Mr. Ranck, and ' the school board. Of course we have coal and rail strike troubles to contend with, but we cannot afford to wait for fair weather for everything. E. A. M0BEIS APPOINTED ATTOBNEY-GENEBAL No, matter where you live, pay your poll tax on or before September 6, 60 days before the November elec tion. UNION CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. for TYPES OF NUBSING School nursing, which Consists of assisting the medical inspector in physical examination of school chil dren. Visiting the children's par ents to secure their co-operation in remedying defects, investigating the sanitary conditions of school build ings, and developing classes in hy giene among boys and girls. , Infant Welfare, which includes ad vice to mothers in infant hygiene, constant attention to the health of babies, development of welfare clin ics and mothers' clinics. Child Welfare, which work is the extension of the Infant Welfare pro gram to include children or pre school age. Tuberculosis work, which consists in the seeking of hidden cases of tu berculosis, giving nursing care when needed, teaching the family pre ventive measures, securing medical examination for -the family and oth ers exposed to the infection, carrying on an educational campaign and stimulating the use of open air class rooms. Communicable disease control, which consists in assisting the health officer to discover the presence of communicable disease and to declare and maintain quarantine. You have a Public Health Nurse in your town. Get behind her and give her your help and co-operation everybody. For ice and coal call 150. Announcements and Schedule Opening. All high school students will meet according to the following schedule for classification and such other matters that need attention before the opening day of school, Monday, Sept. 4. 1, FRIDAY. First year students SEPT, 8:30 a.m. (grade 9). 10:30 a.m. (grade 10). 2:00 p.m. (grade 11). SEPT. 8:30 a.m. (grade 12). 2:00 p.m. teachers will school. SEPT. 4, 8:30 a.m ble in the Second year students Third year students 2, SATURDAY. Fourth year students A be conference of all held at the high MONDAY. All students will assem rooms of the grades to which they have been promoted to receive book lists and lesson assign ments. ' Children reaching the age of six years before Jan. 1, 1923, may be en rolled in the first grade. Out-of-town students will be re quired to pay tuition for three months in advance. The COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE LAW as enacted in 1913 and amend ed in 1919 will be enforced. Sec tion 1 of this act provides: "That every parent, guardian, or other per son, in the State of Tennessee, hav mg charge or control of any child between the ages of seven and. six teen years inclusive, shall cause such child to be enrolled in and attend some day school, public, private, or parochial, for the entire term of school in each year in the county or city in which said child may reside." F. E. RANCK, Superintendent. No matter where you live, pay your poll tax on or before September 6, 60 days before the November elec tion. -x Thomas O. Morris, Attorney-General for the Fourteenth Judicial Cir cuit, having resigned, Gov. Taylor has appointed E. A. Morris, of Obion, to fill out the unexpired term. E. A. Morris is a brother of Thos O. Morris, 32, years of age and a graduate of the law department of Cumberland University. He has been a member of the local bar for abour. ten years. In politics he is a Dem ocrat and is well and favorably known throughout the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit. Thomas O. Morris was Attorney-General for the circuit eight years. Gen. Morris , in his private practice and in his capacity a3 State's Attorney, has become one of the leaders in legal action and practice at the West Tennessee bar, and one of the best minds in the courts of the State. He will become a private citizen and a man of af fairs looking after extensive interests and law practiofe. If you expect to vote at the No vember election, you must pay poll tax for the year 1921 not later than September 6. Married. Herbert H. Brooks and Margaret Veta Cain, of East Prairie, Mo., were married in Union City on Sunday, the 27th ult., Rev. E. M. Mathia officiating. If you expect to vote at the No vember election, you must pay poll tax for tha year 1921 not later than September 6. In Memory of Dr. J. Brien Adkerson. Dr. J. Brien Adkerson was born April 18, 1868, in Rutherford County. Tenn. Early in life he joined the Presbyterian Church near his home and about a year ago he united with the Baptist Church here. On Thanksgiving Day in 1897 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Sallie Guill. They lived for two years on a farm near Smyrna, Tenn., then they came to Rives, Tenn., where they spent eleven years. Later they moved to Union City and for twelve years they have worked in our midst as lov ing christians and faithful citizens. Dr. Adkerson's health has been failing for about two years and his many friends have anxiously watched his brave fight hoping that he would regain his strength, but God had oth er plans tor him and on last Sun day at 2 o'clock at Dawson Springs, Ky., where he had gone hoping to be benefited, death claimed our be loved brother and Dr. Adkerson left this world of suffering and sorrow to enter-the pearly gates into Paradis? where he is now a member of the Choir Invisible. He leaves an aged mother, his be loved wife, two sisters, Mrs. Kate Faxon, Hcpkinsville, Ky., Mrs. J. T. Bradford, San Antonio, Texas; two brothers, George Adkerson, Franklin, Tenn., Clinton Adkerson, Granger, Texas, and a host of friends to mourn his departure. Dr. Adkerson loved his church and was ever willing to help with the song service or in any way he could. He loved his home and he loved his practice. Many parents here and in neighboring vicinities feel that Dr, Adkerson was instrumental in saving the life of some dear one of theirs Truly his life has been one of service to others. We all feel that our dear brother is having sweet converse with the Master he loved so well. How grand the idea of a place where praise only breaks the silence, where nothing jars the melody of the entire chime, where the roll of the pealing hallelujahs is like the voice of many waters, where everyone hath a song, a story of de liverance, a tribute of thanksgiving to free sovereign grace, yet in every one there is reference to the bless ings that come alone through the death of Jesus. Such a place is the future home of all God's chil dren. Such a place is the home of our dear brother. "Oh! how happy are they who die in the Lord. Guarded by angelic watchers, curtained by eternal mysteries, they sleep on, heritors of glory, till the fullness of time biings the fullnes3 of redemption. What an awakening shall be theirs." Our brother was laid in his last resting place, wasted by disease, emaciated in form, but such he shall not rise. A prominent physician has gone from us, but we can truly say. He rests irom his labors and his works do follow him." The funeral services were con ducted at the home on North Ury street, Aug. 28, at" 2?30 p.m., by Rev. T. F. Marlin, assisted by Rev. W. B. Cunningham. Inter ment at East View Cemetery in charge of the Masons. The physi cians of the city were honorary pall bearers. If you expect to vote at the No vember election, you must pay poll tax for the year 1921 not later than September 6. THE JEWETT BUILT BY PAIGE NEW PRICES Effective August 6, 1922. Despite the outstanding value of the Jewett, in which addition al betterments have been made, we offer these improved Jewett Sixes at the following new prices that again set new standards of value: Jewett Five-Passenger Touring $ 995.00 Jewett Three-Passenger Roadster $ 895.00 Jewett Five-Passenger Sedan $1465.00 Jewett Four-Passenger, Coupe $1 445.00 All Prices F. O. f3, Factory 4 Dodge Bros. Motor Cars CITIZENS AUTO CO. Richard Semones, Manager, Union City. V4 THE UNIVERSAL CAR ft m )TTJ X Sedan $660 P. O. B. Detroit With Stmrttrmnd dtmoantabl Rim Genuine Common Sense Many Ford owners can afford to own and oper ate any car they may choose, but they prefer a Ford "because it is a Ford." For "because it is a Ford" means dependability, ease of operation, efficiency and it means sure, quick transportation. And "because it is a Ford" means good taste, pride of ownership and genuine Common Sense. The Ford Sedan, a closed car of distinction, beauty and convenience, is the ideal all year 'round car, for pleasure or business for the farm, town or city. It gives you all that any car can give at a much lower cost for operation and maintenance. Ford Cars of all types are in great demand, so place your order at once if you wish to avoid delay in delivery. E. H. BUST Authorized Ford Dealer. Phone 400 UNION CITY. TENN. Paramount Week jz? j? Sept. 4th to Sept. 9th. Jimmie's Playhouse Big Paramount Pictures all week. "FOLLOW THE CROWD See Sunday Commercial Appeal for .our Program.