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IN HENRY COUNTY THAN ANY OTHER NEWSPAPER REST ADVERTISING MEDIUM FOR THE . ' LOCAL RUSINESS CONCERNS THE PAPER WITH A CIRCULATION AT HOME VOLUME XX PARIS, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, MAY 7, 1915 NUMBER 9 .RYE VETOES THE MRS BILL Believes It Would Increase Crime and Encourage Mob Law In the State. Gov. Rye Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock vetoed the Bowers anti-capital punishment bill. Ac cording to the contention of the governor, this was the last day in which he could take action. In his veto message Gov. Rye says: "No one desires to see a hu man being forfeit his life as pun ishment for crime, but 1 1 feel that for this bill to become alaw, as it is understood to be a bill. to remove from the statute books the death penalty, would, in my opinion, increase crime and en courage mob law. 1 "The death penalty in Tennes see as punishment for crime is rarely meted out to criminals. but there is no doubt that it serves to prevent crime. "I do not believe it best for the state or for the peace and safety of her people for this bill to become a law. "In my opinion the Bowers bill is unconstitutional, because it precludes the governor from granting pardons or reprieves by requiring the prisoner to serve a life sentence." In the last clause of his mes sage Gov. Rye has reference to article 3, section 6, which gives the governor the right to grant "pardons or'issue; reprieves. i The Bowers bill, passed by both houses, reached the execu tive offices on the afternoon of March 31. 1 Duke C. Bowers, author of the bill, insisted that his measure became a law at midnight, April 6, without action, favorable or unfavorable, by the governor. Mr. Bowers contended that the time limit of five calender days expired on Gov. Rye, and in the absence of approval or dis approval by the chief executive the act must be officially promul gated. Is is possible that the matter will be one for judicial determi nation. Kills Ground Hog. A ground hog, weighing about seven pounds was killed Satur day afternoon by Paul S. Free man in Holly Fork bottom, about six miles south of Paris. There are very few of these animals in this section and this is the only one so far as known, that has been seen here for years. The animal was placed on exhibition by the International Bulletin Ser vice at their headquarters at H. C. McNeill's store in this city, where it was seen by several hundred people. Tennessee's Strawberry Crop. A survey of the production and marketing of strawberries in the United States, made by the department of agriculture, indicates that the eighc most im portant commercial strawberry districts are Tennessee, Central Carolina, Virginia and the Ozarks. In 1914 1,005 cat loads of strawberries were shipped from th other districts which are named in the order of their -importance. From the Ozarks came 748 carloads ' last year. There was a grand total of 14, 532.2 carloads of strawberries shipped commercially in 1914. Of these 2,312 came from Cali fornia, the state's closest com petitor being Tennessee, with a total of 1,571.5. SIMS1 DECLARATION 11 Carefully Considered By Congress man Who Awaits Primary Law Developments. Representative Thetus W. Sims of . the Eighth Congressional District of Tennessee, said Wed nesday that he was looking over the situation in Tennessee in the expectation of entering the con test for the United States sena torship. He said also that he was in no hurry to make a formal an nouncement of his candidacy, although many of his friends over the state were importuning him to do so. Like every other man who is credited with being on the eve of declaring for the senate, Mr. Sims wants to see what sort of a primary law the legislature en acts, as no man with an ounce of gray matter is going to reckless ly hurl himself against a brace game. ; At the end of the sixty-fourth congress Mr. Sims will have served twenty years in the house of representatives from the Eighth district, which, before he became its representative, "elect ed a Republican to congress al most as often as it sent a Dem ocrat to Washington. No Dem ocrat in either house of congress is closer to the administration than is Mr. Sims, who, it will be recalled, introduced the bill and led the fight in the house for the repeal of the toll exemption pro vision of the Panama canal act. Grove School Festival. The Grove School of Paris and the Industrial , and Training School of Huntingdon held their third annual spring festival at Huntingdon Friday. A hundred or more visitors went from Grove and many from several nearby towns while Hun tingdon of course was out in force. Dinner and supper were served under the big trees on the front campus by a committee of ladies of Huntingdon and all circumstances contributed to make it a gala day for both schools and both towns. At night a contest in debate and declamation was held in the I. T. S. auditorium, with honors devided. The number selected for declamation was "The South's Problem." by Henry W. Grady, Harmon Hoffman of Paris gained the decision over Edgar Robin son of Grove. The subject for debate was: "Resolved, That the regular military and naval forces of the United States should be greatly increased. " The affirm ative, upheld by Messrs. Glifford Stark and George Murphy of I. T. S., was victorious over the Grove champions. Messrs, Wil bur Hamilton and Hogan Grable. In addition to the contested numbers musical selections were rendered by Misses Martha Rick- man and Myrtle Walker of Grove and Misses Willodean Duncan and Robbie Bayer of Hunting don. Readings were contributed by Miss Tommie Highfill of the visitors and Miss Mary Leach of the home school. Earl Young. Earl Young died of appendici tis at the home of Jce Thompson, ,T fans rnday. lie was on y 18 years of age and was vis iting Mrs. Thompson, who was a relative of his. The remains! were shipped to the boy's home at Gadsden, Tenn., over the L. & N. railroad at 4 o'clock Satur day. The remains was interred at Gadsden Sunday. The circulation of The Parisian is not 5,000, or 4.000, or 3.000 neither is that of any other newspaper published in Henry county. The weekly circulation of the Parisian is between 2.) 00 and 2,200 copies, which is guaranteed to be as large or larger than that of any other Henry county newspaper. This paper wants to deal honestly with advertisers, and for this reason it does not hesitate to publish its circu- . .... I - lation figures where people can see it. r The newspaper with the largest circulation in We& Tennessee should be proud enough of it to publish the figures. BOTH ENDS AND THE MIDDLE The Retailer-the Newspaper the Consumer. There you have it both ends and the middle and the three working in . harmony should make any community prosperous. . .v'- The one cannot prosper without the other, and neither can meet with success without the co-operation of the other two. Therefore, to achieve proaperity for this community it becomes the paramount duty of all concerned to work in harmony to labor to one common end to protect the homes that give us shelter and to conserve the interests of the peo ple who constitute the community. We may make of this community a hive of industry and a realm of peace, prosperity and happiness or we may just drift along with the tide, pick up the crumbs that are thrown our way, and grumble because the Lord provides for others and apparently forgets our existence. It will be as we make it no other way. ..",. The Lord has provided us with intelligence una health, and energy, and the power to accomplish things With that His work is done, and the rest is up to us. If we make the best of that which He has given us we will soon become prosperous, and happy, and contented a people enjoying the fullest of life's blessings. But if we neglect the gifts with which he has endowed us the penalty of failure will fall upon our own shoulders the responsibility will be ours alone the commercial stagna tion of our common community will be but the natural sequence of our own short sightedness. No community will prosper without the presence of a variety of stores, shops and other marts of commerce and trade. They are as necessary as the ground that we till and the sun and rain that produce our crops. No store or shop can survive without the loyal support of the community the WHOLE community. The interests of the retailer and the consumer are one in common the success of the one depends upon the co-operation of the other. But these two interests that should be working in har mony are often too wide apart separated by a yawning gulf of indifference and neglect. And the body politic -the community as a whole suffers, and stagnates, and withers, and dies. But there is A REMEDY. And herein comes the province of the middleman this newspaper. From a commercial standpoint the local newspaper is simply a "go between" it is the medium for carrying the message from the merchant to the consumer. The consumer reads the paper, and if he sees nothing in its advertising columns of which he stands in need it is but natural that in many cases he should drift to other points for his wares. The local business man is forgotten simply because he does not advertise because he is slower than his out of town competitor. But if the merchant is alive to his opportunities, if he uses the advertising columns of this paper to bring his goods to the favorable attention of the buyer, then he is meeting competition, is making an effective bid for the home trade, and invariably achieves prosperity. Men of brains realize that it i3 to their own individual interests to foster their own community, by trading with their home institutions. But the seeker the buyer never goes to a haystack for a needle. He follows the lure of the well written advertisement, and if that advertisement happens to be an out of town con cern using another paper, then it is generally the out of town retailer who gets the business, r But the REMEDY SHOULD BE APPLIED. The two ends and the middle ehould get closer together for the common good of the community. The local retailer and the consumer are the two ends, with this paper as the middle, and if all will unite in the common cause there will be but one verdict PROSPERITY. This paperj3tands willing to do its part. The consumer is willing to do his part is waiting for the message from the retailer. Our advertising columns will carry the message. But what of the retailer? Wilt he send that message for which the consumer is waiting? Or will he remain passive and let stagnation become the common lot because the message is never told, because the community cash floats out to other points? He will render the final verdict BIG DAY FOR - ODD FELLOWS V To Observe the Ninety-Sixth Anni versary of Odd Fellowship on May the 30th. In commemoration of the ninety-sixth anniversary of Odd Fel lowship," May 30 will be a great day for the Odd Fellows through out the country. It is of local interest to know that on that day a special train for Odd Fel lows will be run from Humboldt, via Paris to Clarksville. Besides this train load, it is expected that hundreds of Odd Fellows from over the state will go. The train will arrive in the morning and ample time for a visit to the Home at New Providence will be allowed. An appropriate pro gramme will be rendered at such times as not to interfere with the church services in the city. This special train from Hum boldt will be under the manage ment of members of the local Odd Fellow lodge and will con sist of a large super heater en gine and fifteen coaches. The round trip fare from Paris will be only $1.50 and the train will leave at 8:00 o'clock a. m. Re turning the train will leave Clarksville at 5 o'clock in the af ternoon. Sopt. Phillips Re-Elected. Supt. M. M. Phillips was re elected superintendent of the city schools Thursday night of last week at a meeting of the board in the Commercial Bank. Mr. Phillips came here last year from Springfield, Tenn., and has made considerable im provement in the schools which has met with the approval of the patrons. Attorneys Ask Big Fee. Attorneys Aust & McGugin, through their lawyer, C. C. Tra bue, appeared before the finance, ways and means committee of the General Assembly at the capitol Friday to argue for the payment of a fee of $6,000 claimed by them for prosecuting Cases during the Hooper cam paign under the nuisance act. Treasurer Dunlap recently decid ed he could not pay it legally, as it would be unconstitutional. Some Fine Hams. Esq. Henry Humphreys, of near Cottage Grove, brought to Paris Monday three of the finest hams we have ever seen. The largest weighs 40 pounds and the three weigh 113 pounds. They were purchased by J. N. Currier and are now on display at his bakery. Esq. Humphreys received $15,82 for these hams which goes to show that the low price of cotton and tobacco does not cut much ice with the man who has meat to sell. Better Babies Contest. The Better Babies Contest is a popular yet scientific movement to insure better babies and a better race. Physical and men tal development only are consid ered; mere beauty does not count. Bring your children between the ages of 6 months and five years for examination. The contest begins at 2 p. m., May 10 at the Ladies Ri st Room, and babies will be examined each afternoon from 2 to 4 thru out the week ending May 15th. The day and place for the clos- prizes will be announced later. I DAMAGE SUITS AGAINST PORTEREJ AL PAIL Litigation Decided Which Origi nated in Paris Fire Early Last . December. After hearing the evidence in the big damage suit of A. Rice, administrator, vs. W- T. Porter et al. and Reta Doyle, adminis tratrix, vs. W. T. Porter et al., in Jackson Thursday of last week, Judge J. E. McCall direct ed the jury to return a verdict in favor of the defendants in feder al court, which was accordingly done. The two cases had been consolidated and tried as one. The evidence in this case shows that the two men who were suf focated in the fire, were trespas- ers and their administrators, the plaintiffs in this suit, are there fore not entitled to recover any damages. Said Judge McCall: "I'll direct, you gentleman of the jury, to return a verdict in favor of the defendants." The case was brought to re cover $50,000 each for the death of Earl Rice and J. W. Doyle in the fire of December 3, 1914. It was alleged that the owners and lessees of the building had failed to comply with the statute of 1911, which stipulates that all rooming houses and hotels should be provided with fire escapes, etc. It was shown in the testi mony given in the case that Rice and Doyle had not rented rooms in the building on the night re ferred to; that they " came into Paris late that night and went to this room, which was above a restaurant; that they were there without the knowledge or con sent of the proprietor of the res taurant, who was a lessee of the building. Judge McCall ruled that under these conditions the defendants were not liable and hence dismissed the case. Rye Receives Blackhand Letter. Governor Rye has received a threatening black hand letter from an alleged organization in Tennessee, which has for its pur pose the destruction of Governor Rye and others, who were in strumental in enforcing the liquor laws. The letter, which is written on a dirty piece of pap er in ink, in a fairly legible Itali an hand, has been translated to the effect that the organization is banded together "as one man" for the purpose of "putting in his grave" Governor and others in Tennessee, who helped put liquor out. It is signed "The Black Hand," and has an ugly black maltese cross at the bot tom, with a postscript, contain ing the cheerful (?) information to Governor Rye that a cross just like that will soon decorate his tombstone. A similar mes sage was received a few months ago, written on a postcard. Governor Rye is not inclined to treat the matter seriously, and is of the opinion that the let ters may be practical jokes of persons with a perverted sense of humor. Hi3 friends are in sisting upon "safety first," however, and if perchance the Black Handers" should get within striking distance of Nash ville they would be met with a warm reception. Hon. Richard Mitchell, of Lex ington, who is connected with the U. S. Internal Revenue De partment, is in Paris this week on business. LEGISLATURE MEETS FOR 15-DAY SESSION Refreshed by Thirty Days' Recess, Legislators Will Act in Con formity With Platform. The 59th General Assembly of Tennessee reconvened Monday afternoon after recess of 30 days. The constitution fixes a 75-day limit for a regular sitting of the General Assembly and only 15 legislative" days remain for the 1915 session. The members got right down to business imme diately after convening. The first legislation that will be taken up will be those meas ures in conformity with the plat form recommended by the steer ing committee at its meeting held Thursday night. Boy Kills Sister. One of the most horrible acci dents that have occurred in CaK loway county in many years oc curred Friday four miles west of Murruy. William Taylor, aged 10 years, discharged a loaded 12 gauge shotgun in the face of his little, sister, Rosie, , aged five years, . completely tearing away the child's head above the lower jaw. ihe accident occurred in the Taylor home on the Ewing farm. Mr. Taylor had returned to the house from a rabbit hunt, and placed the gun in the family room, instructing the child not to play with it, but to put it away. Immediately after this . Mr. and Mrs. Taylor started over to visit a neighbor, and be fore they had gone far heard the report of a gun, and they returned to the house to find their baby's head almost com pletely blown off and their son with the smoking firearm in his hands. The boy was so badly frightened that he gave no ex planation of theaccident. A pe culiar incident in connection . with the accident was that Un dertaker J. H. Churchill and neighbors at the home after the accident were unable to find a single shot in the dead child's head or about the walls or floor of the room. The theory has been advanced that the child re moved the shot from the shell, and, thinking there would be no harm, discharged the gun near his sister's head. It is said that the boy was playing war when the accident occurred. Mr. Tay lor and family formerly resided in New Concord, moving to their present home about the first of the year. ' Mrs. Lively Grainger. Mrs. Lively Grainger, familiar ly known as Grandma, died at the home of her son, Dr. R. A. Grainger, in this city, Sunday night at 9 o'clock, age 92 years, 11 months, 2 days. She had been a member of the Primative Baptist church about seventy years. Prayer services were conduct ed at the residence by Rev. Lav ender, after which the remaing were carried to the Jackson grave yard and laid to rest. Ser vices were conducted by Rev. P. P. Pullen. She leaves two sons, Dr. R. A. and Mr. Al Grainger. Excursion to Memphis. An excursion will be run from Paris to Memphis over the L. & N. R. R., Sunday, May 16, leav ing Paris at 7 o'clock a. m. Re turning the train will leave Mem phis at 9 o'clock Monday morn ing, the 17th. Round trip from Paris, $2.00.