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   Cullman Banner, The (Newspaper) - August 6, 1937, Cullman, Alabama                               We Believe In- Cullman County rp IHE BANNER In the Heart of Alabama's Rich- est Agricultural District YOUR NEWSPAPER Volume 4 CULLMAN, ALABAMA, FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 1937 5 Cents a Copy Wilkinson Opens Radio Crusade On Civil Service State Political Spoilsmen To Wage 12- Month Fight on Merit System. By William B. Hole That irrepressible medicine man Horace C. Wilkinson, who has pro- bably made more money out of spoils politics than any other Alabamian, was back on the war path ibis week trying to tomahawk Jefferson Coun- ty's civil service system. With two radio stations hooked up at his own expense, the iron-lung- ed Birmingham attorney began a one-man crusade against civil service which he declares he will continue until the civil service experiment is junked by the voters and the next Legislature. The .Wilkinson broadsides will be fired each Sunday at 2 m. over Stations WAPI and WBRC for a period of at least six weeks. Thus far the attack has been cen- tred on Howard Yeilding, chair- nan of the Jefferson County Per- lonnel Board, but the Birmingham newspapers which have supported civil service and all .other propon- ents of the so-called "merit sys- tem" are expected to feel the weight of the Wilkinson sarcasm. The battle against civil service has thus far been confined to Jef- ferson county, but seasoned observ- ers believe that Wilkinson is at- tempting to lead a state-wide cam- paign to inflame the electorate against the growing sentiment for state-wide civil service. It is well known that other coun- ties have been watching' the re- sults of civil service in Jefferson, and that a determined fight will be made in the next legislature to bring most state employes under some form of merit system. Dele- gations from a number of other counties are also expected to seek civil service for their county and municipal governments. Every community has its mani- pulators of the Wilkinson type who knows that every 'gain made by civil service reduces the number of job plums that can be profitably juggled during election campaigns. These are giv- ing their moral support to the Bir- mingham attorney, but will also join the fight during the next few months. Certainly state and county civil service will be a major factor in the next governor's race, and pros- pective -candidates are already drafting civil service platform planks which they hope will appeal to the voters. Ammunition for the current Wil- kinson campaign has come out of the fact that Mr. Yielding is head of a firm which has continued to sell thousands of dollars worth of foodstuff and supplies to Jefferson, county and the City of Birmingham while Mr. Yeilding served as the directing officer of the civil service board. Wilkinson charges that much of the food sold by Yeilding Brothers to the county jail and convict camps was "spoiled and full of weevils." He further charges that when the official in charge of feed- ing prisoners rejected some of the Yeilding orders, he was promptly removed by the personnel board. In his radio address last Sunday, the attorney called upon the Grand Jury to examine the Yeilding Brothers books and determine how many city and county employes have started trading with the firm since Mr. Yeilding was virtually given the authority to "hire and fire" the more than 2000 city and county employes. Thus far few answers have been made to the charges. The friends of civil service feel confident that a substantial majority of Jefferson county voters will support the sys- tem when the test comes. They know that in the recent city elec- tions, City Commissioners Downs and Robinson, both Wilkinson pro- teges, were given terrific beatings by men who have supported civil service from the beginning. Perhaps there is foundation for some of the criticism, but the vot- ing public probably has too vivid a recollection of some of the rabbits pulled out of the Wilkinson hat for the crusade to be very effective. The public is still marveling at Wilkinson's magician-like ability to sell bridges, gasoline and tires to the state, and fire hose and parking meters to the City of Birmingham. One sarcastic answer to the Su- pef'-fclesman was circulated by the Citizens League, a group of young Birmingham voters. It read in part: "We should not be too impatient with these oldsters who were suck- led in the backroom school of poli- tics, masters of the hushed whisper, pussyfooting and promise, pie-cut- tang ana cake slicing. It is hard for to adapt themselves to a government built on merit. How could you expect these fine old spoilsters to sit idly by and watch their patronage dumped by a long down-trodden taxpaying public in- to the Attorney Wilkinson also found himself on the defensive this week as he shouldered the burden of pro- tecting state jobs held by more than a score members of the pres- ent Alabama Legislature. Wilkinson appeared as personal defender of the Graves Administra- tion when he opened the defense in Jefferson County Circuit Court against two young lawyers seeking to throw out the whole "pie-eating" system of giving jobs to legislators. For more than 15 hours, young Conrad Jarrell, Birmingham attor- ney, debated with Wilkinson the right of any governor to give jobs in the executive department to men elected to serve in the legislative department of a state government. Jarrell cited numerous decisions in other states in which the pie-eat- ing practice was held "contrary to public policy." He also contend- ed that the separation of powers provision in the Constitution pre- vents one state department from seeking to influence or control an- other. JarrelTs specific charge was lev- eled at John C. Arnold, Jefferson County legislator, who has been drawing a month from the Alabama Unemployment Compen- sation Commission for nearly two years. Wilkinson attempted to show that certain other persons "antag- onistic" to the Graves Administra- tion were "behind" Jarrell and his proceedings, all of which he charg- ed were instigated to give the "un- fair Birmingham press" a chance to villify and abuse the state ad- ministration. The case was finally dismissed and immediately appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court. The young attorneys have announced that they will go to the Supreme Court of the United States before they admit that the pernicious pie- eating system in Alabama cannot be ruled out by the courts. There is more behind the present movement to close down the state's big gambling bouses than meets the eye. For months ugly rumors have persisted mat persons very close to the Governor's office have been protecting the gaming spots, and that some of the pay-off dollars have been filtering into the State Capitol itself. The governor's secretary, Pitt Tyson Maner, has been at these places frequently, and charges have been made that he is more than an interested spectator. The governor, prodded by the state press, has apparently tired of these reports, and there is good reason to believe that he is really determined to stop the big-time gambling, even if he has to use the State Highway Patrol to do it Agricultural authorities through- out the state are worried over the Argentine weevil threat to Alaba- ma cotton. The weevil, commonly called the white-fringed beetle, is larger than the boll weevil and said to be even more destructive. The South American pest, how- ever, cannot fly, and thus is subject 1o control by rigid quarantine. Such a quarantine was in force on all roads leading from Covinglxm county this week, as both federal and state agents guarded the high- ways to prevent anything leaving the county which might harbor the buys. Lumber, farm implements and scrap iron were under the quaran- tine as well as cotton, corn, hay compost, beans, sugar cane and a number of other farm products. KITCAN1S CLUB WEL- _____ COMES NEW MEMBERS Ftve new members were formal ly welcomed into the Kfwanis Club Tuesday at the regular meeting. They were Messrs. Robert Rosscm Diliard Kinney, W. 3. Nesmith and Dr. Leroy Bledsoe. The welcoming address was made by M. L. Robertson. COTTON CROP TO EXCEED 15 MILLION BALES Private estimates this week indi- cated that the cotton crop this year would be considerably larger than that of last year. Business men and financiers throughout the south are eagerly awaiting the first estimate on this year's cotton production, which is scheduled to be released by the United States Department of Agriculture Monday, August 9th Last year bales of 500- pound bales were harvested, but from all indications showing that cotton is good in most sections, and that there is 10.4 per cent more land in cotton cultivation this year than last, this year's crop may go as high as bales. Cotton consumption in the United States for the 11 months beginning with August, 1936, amounted to bales, which is 28 per cent higher than for the same period last year. Cotton Prices Decline However, since the middle of Ju- ly cotton prices have decreased ma- terially. Authorities attribute this fall in price to the downward trend in unfilled orders, and mill activity in the 'domestic textile industry. Alabama's cotton crop has defi- nitely indicated that there is a greater acreage this year than last, and Cullman and Madison counties seem to have followed suit. At the same time world produc- tion estimates indicate that the in- crease in cotton is most extensive. Official reports by the Egyptian government show an increase of 15 per cent increase in acreage, and :he first estimates from China pre- dict about 8 per cent greater pro- duction than last year. Authorities fear that with a bale production in the Uni- :ed States imminent, there is defi- nitely a threat of 8-cent cotton this fall. Cully A. Cobb, recently resigned director of the AAA, told the farm- er's assembly at Auburn Tuesday that "controlled agricultural pro- duction was absolutely necessary-in Alabama and the south to give ru- ralists equality of buying power and opportunity." Furthermore he said that there were two basic objectives in the federal program of conservation promotion. 1. Immediate economic well-being through the raising of buying power; 2. Long-time plan- ning to conserve basic resources and prserve fertility of the soil." BIRMINGHAM HOST TO MERCHANTS Fun and hilarity hnixed with jusiness was the order of the day in Birmingham, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 4th and 5th, when members of the Alabama Mer- chants Association met for their an- nual convention. They were entertained by ama- teurs, dancing, and fun of all kinds, climaxed by the annual ball held Wednesday night L. Bert Mackentepe led a dele- gation from Cullman to the conven- tion. Principal speakers were Thomas W. Martin, president of the Alaba- ma Power Company, and Karl Landgrebe. vice-president of the Tennessee Company. Mr. Martin declared that "seven- ty per cent of the southern people are engaged in agriculture as com- pared with 4 percent in the past, and the balance of power is defi- nitely against the He fur- ther said that it is necessary for in- dustry to be developed in Alabama. Karl Landgrebe cited the fact that on present crop prom- ise, gross farm income may be from one to two billion dollars larger this year than in 1936." At the T. C. L barbecue Thursday night there were five and one-hall tons of barbecue and eggs hard-boiled, and two and one-nab tons of slaw. The Convention ended Thursday night RADIO FANS GET BREAK Beginning this week radio fans in Alabama had access to practically every worthwhile program broad- cast. Station WSGN in Birming- ham has been awarded the Blue network of the National Broadcast- ing System. Station WAPI retains the Red network of NBC, and Station WE RC offers (the Columbia Broadcast- ing System's programs The new came after a Jcmg series of requests -on part of fans for more programs from NBC, since WAPI is only a part- time station. The three Birmingham are available to CoHman County' fans only in the day time, and the stronger stations afford all the night programs. TWO SPOTS ON SUN SEEN HERE BY ASTRONOMER Robert F. Kimbrel bf Cullman, Route 6, who makes amateur as- tronomy and radioing his hobby, has observed two well-defined spots on the surface Si the sun. The spots are located on the north rim of the may be seen with the naked eye or with the aid of smoked glasses. According to astronomers each spot is large enough to envelope the earth but since the sun is about 100 times the size of the earth, the spots do not necessarily obstruct any light from the sun. The spots are of a tOrnadic na- ture, swirling over the-'face of the sun. Practically all short wave'ra- dio reception has completely destroyed, and broadc'ast reception has no doubt been im- peded. Last Wednesday, Mr. Kimbrell reports, the spots covered about one-fifth the entire surface of the sun. Furthermore they will more than likely continue to appear un- til the sun revolves the present visible side away from the earth. Spots of this kind sometime cause intense heat waves, scientists have stated. If you have no smoked glasses, Mr. Kimbrel advises that you take a pair of dark sun shades and place over the lens a piece of white pa- per with a pin hole in the center. Then, look toward the sun through the pin hole in the paper. Comet Near Mr. Kimbrel reports further that iiere is a comet close now, which lies in the big dipper and will be nearest the earth about August 10th. A comet of this kind is rather difficult to find, and The Banner would like further information about it. New Blount County Sheriff Clamps Lid Bangor Cave In Eight Minutes Mule Season Opens The season for mules in Cullman county opened a bit earlier than us- ual this year. Ordinarily, buying does not begin until Sept. 1. D. T. Kinney, prominent Cullman dealer in mules, has announced that already he has orders for young mules, ages 3 to 6 years, and that he is anxious to buy them. JOHN P. YOUNG MADE PRESIDENT OF LEETH BANK Masonic Conference To Be Held Aug. 10 The 42nd of the Cullman Masonic L.odge will be held at Holly Pond 555, A. F. and A. M., Aug. 10th, beginning at 10 a. m. It is predicted that every lodge in the county will be represented, and many lodges outside of the county. W. J. Trimble, of Cullman, Route 1, Sec. and Treas. for the Confer- ence announced that plans were being made to make this one of the most successful conferences in the history of the county. John P. Young, prominent Cull- man business man for years, was unanimously elected for the presi- dency of the Leeth National Bank, Monday, Aug. 2, filling the vacan- cy left by the recent death of Hen- ry C. Arnold. Mr. Young, who is 69 years old and has been retired from active business for three years, has been associated with C. Arnold Son for 30 years Before he came to Cull- man he was a locomotive engineer. At present two of his sons, Henry and Robert, are connected with C., Arnold and Son. As President of the Leeth Na- tional Bank, Mr. Young announces that he intends to continue the poli- cies advocated by his partner, the late Henry C. Arnold, during his administration. J. W. (BUI) Arnold was elected Director of the Bank, filling the va- cancy left by his father's death. He will take his place with other direc- tors. Dr. J. C. Martin, Cal Leeth, W. E. James, W. S. Leeth, J. P. Young, J, A. Dunlap and H. F. Mitchell. Huge Crowd Witnesses Raid On Night Club. Bangor Cave's whirring roulette wheels and galloping dominoes gathered cobwebs this week under a strict order from Blount iron-handed new Sheriff Ed Miller. Within eight minutes after taking office, Sheriff Miller swooped down on the gaily-lighted amusement cavern last Sunday morning, con- fiscated gambling paraphernalia and arrested the Cave's operators while 2000 week-end revellers looked on and "booed." He was assisted by eight members of the State Highway Patrol. Two cases of liquor and 14 cases of beer were seized in the raid, and several dice tables, blackjack ta- bles, roscoe machine and roulette wheels were confiscated. The raid was Sheriff Miller's first direct action in his campaign to the to NEW GIN AT WEST POINT W. A. Jordan and sons, promi- nent business organization of Cull- man county, are installing a cotton gin at West Point. Only the most modern equipment will be used, Mr. Jordan reports. Late News Flashes G. W. Ponder, who for the past few days has been a patient at the Highland Baptist Hospital in Birmingham, is reported to be feeling much better. The condition of E. C. Kinney at 6 p. m. Thursday, was un- changed. The Southern Bell Softball team will return to Cullman Fri- day night for the second time this summer. The Empire Nursery will take the Bells over at and the Luyben Coolers will play them in the game. postal card has just reached The Banner which reads: "Here for this week Enjoying vacation. Expect to be back about Aug. 14th. Preacher and other Marions, Myrtle Beach, S. C." Saturday night and had been silent concerning course" of action he intended take. Sheriff Miller, in relating the ex- perience, said that he was certain that he and his men were spotted quite a few they en- tered the COW, since luwai! Impoi- sible for them, to 'get than a few hundred yards because of the great number of automobiles which were parked there. There was hardly standing room on the dance floor or in the casino, he sheriff said. However, he and lis cohorts managed to squeeze in and do their work amid the numer- ous "raspberries" which the crowd gave them. It's a girl! Born to JAr. anri Mrs. Monroe Yeager, Thursday morning, Aug. 5th. a 7% pound fcirl, Myrtle Rowena. Latest reports on the health of Eugene Scheussler, who was taken to the St. Vincent's Hospital last Tuesday, indicated that his condition-M slightly improved. ONE NEVER KNOWS He looked like a farmer; his hands were rough, he wore over-; alls with the neck of his blue shirt thrown open, and he was severely sunburned; bul that hat, it didn't match. It jusl didn'i belong on the bead of a fanner. "Where did you get thai 1 asked, after acquainting myself with him His name was J. E. Wil- liams, of Cullman. Route 3. "In he answered simply. That, of course, brought a bar- rage of questions from me. that completely flabbergasted him jusl wait and HI tell you about it" he said Well, here's the story. J. E Wil- liams was born in Cullman county, but when be was a very young man he began working for the Tennessee Company in Birmingham. He fought in the War, but in 1921 his ship came in. He won a trip with company along with 53 other nrembers of the crew with which he was working. He was given a trip around world with all expenses paid. The crew sailed (from New Orleans, early in 1921 on the ship, "Steel Trader." And before they returned some months later they had seen Hawaii, the Philippines, China, Java, India, Africa, the Suez, Greece. Europe, Australia and many places And the hat? He bought that in India for about Inside it is marked "Municipal Market, Alley 5, Calcutta, India" There was plenty of hunting in India as well as in Afnca Once the party killed a lion, and many elephants were sighted. In Greece Mr Williams saw the place where Sampson lore down the temple; in Palestine he saw where Moses struck the rock, many other interesting biblical spots. FJVC years ago Mr. WilBams re turned to Cullman otrwnly to settle down and do some farming, after having seen 35 states and 20 foreign countries. And thus a notable traveller and an interesting personality -was dis- covered simply because he wore an unusual hat. Such are the exper- iences that make life interesting. in "Keep Blount county dry and free from gambling." He was sworn in- to office officially at noon, Satur- day. The operators of the C Williams, L. B. Musgrove and Ar- thur (Jabbo) arrested Saturday night for operating a gambling establishment and violat- ing prohibition laws. Each of them made bond Monday. The fate of Bangor Cave has been a question ever since the establish- ment opened a few months ago. The governor and numerous public of- ficials have received no little criti- cism because of the continuous ope- ration of places similar to the Cave in Shelby county (Forest St. Clair (Century and Bald- win (numerous spots across the bay from All of the other places had been closed prior to the Governor the first sale will begin in Decatur next Tuesday at 10 a. m The scene will shift to Sheffield Wednesday at 10 and to Florence Wednesday at 7 p. m. Sales will be held in Rus- sellville Thursday at 10 and at Ha- ley vi lie Thursday at 3 p. m. The Humphries place in Cullman. will be one of the pieces offered at the Decatur sale. Largest single piece of property to be sold on the block will be the Tennessee Valley Country Club at Tuscumbia. There "will be 'four bank buildings, 50 homes and more than 100 farms. All properties will be sold on terms of one-third cash and the bal- ance within 24 months. A number of Cullman county residents have declared that they expect to attend the sales. State Chamber of, Commerce Makes Survey of Counties The newly-organized Alabama State Chamber of Commerce with manufacturer Benjamin Russell of Alexander City as president, and Thomas W. Martin, president of the Alabama Power Company, as secre- tary, is beginning a series of county surveys in order to fulfill their ob- iective of "reducing to easily un- derstandable form the facts about Alabama's assets and possibilities" The Chamber has selected the Judges of Probate to be its first source of information concerning the natural resources and farm products of the county. This week questionnaires were mailed to each of the 67 probate judges in the state, and already at this writing many of them have been mailed in. It seems evident to the founders of the Chamber of Commerce for Alabama that each citizen is anx- ious to cooperate in making Alaba- ma a better state and that they rec- ognize that this may be achieved only by "a long pull, a strong pull, and a pull all together." MILLICAN HOLDS LAND SALES DEFUNCT BANK PROPERTIES TO GO ON BLOCK All real estate by the old Tennessee Valley Bank will be sold next week at a series of auc- tions to be held in five North Ala- bama cities. The sale list will include a num- ber of valuable business sites, to- gether with attractive residences, building lots and farm properties. With Britt Davis, auctioneer wielding widely known the hammer, Starting the fall land season ear- Jy, Thomas W. Millican, prominent North Alabama auctioneer and lo- cal attorney, announced this week Inat he would Conduct two land sales Monday and Tuesday, August 16 and 17th. The first will be held at FalkvHle, where 7 and 2 buildings, the entire holdings of Mr. R. O. Speiglc and Miss Cora Spcigle, will be sold. The second sale will be at Laccy Springs, August 17th, when a part of the Hough estate, six of the fin- est river farms in Alabama, will go on the block. As usual Col. Millican will pro- vide entertainment for the whole of all kinds, and prizes galore, among which are those for prettiest girl and the ugliest man. PICNIC ON TV A GROUNDS The student council of Florence State College was recent host to approximately forty juniors at a delightful picnic on the TVA picnic grounds. Following the serving of a tempt- ing picnic luncheon by members of the council an alfresco song fest was featured. The chaperon guests were: Miss Harriet Winn, social advisor; Miss MyrUe Emerson, librarian; Miss Reams, registrar. Kyle Rjgsby, of Cullman, was among the number who enjoyed pleasing hospitality. What and When AT Sirond Theatre CULLMAN Friday, 7-00 and Saturday Saturday: Sunday: 140; "THE KING AND THE CHORUS GOU." Rite Theatre HANCEXTLLE Wednesday, Thursday, Fri- day and Saturday Nigfct, Saturday Afternoon: 
                            

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