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   Cullman Banner, The (Newspaper) - August 27, 1937, Cullman, Alabama                               BOX HOLDER LOCAL RURAL ROUTE THE CUL BANNER U. S. POSTAGE" PAID CULLMAN, ALA. Permit No. 07 Sec. 562, P. L R. YOUR NEWSPAPER Volume 7 CULLMAN, ALABAMA, FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 1937. 5 Cents a Copy County To Vote On Repeal Sept. 28 "Handpickers" Fight TO Keep Dixie In Senate BY WILLIAM B. HUFE MONTGOMERY, AUG. two factions in the State Demo- cratic Committee which clashed in the "handpicking" fiasco sharpened their knives here this week in preparation for another bitter fight over the date of the special senatorial primary. The Graves group, which put over the "handpicking" outrage, is standing pat for postponing the primary until at least the middle of next February in order to allow the Governor's wife six or eight weeks in the Senate during the session which begins in January. The opposition, led by Committee Chairman John D. McQueen, of Tuscaloosa, will try to force the Committee to set the primary date not later than November, so that the nominee will be ready to supersede Mrs. Graves at the beginning of the regular session and possibly during a special session which may be called this Fall. National Committeeman Leon Mc- Cord, who led the fight against the handpickers, is rushing back here from his vacation to join the Mc- Queen faction. The Governor's men give as their reason for wanting the primary postponed that poll lists in the coun- ties are always in poor shape on off years and that some regular voters cannot vote in a November primary, whereas they will have a chance to pay up poll taxes by Feb- ruary. Two other points will-have to be decided by the committee, on both of which fights are sure to develop. One of these points involves the suggestion that whoever is nomi- nated in Uie special primary be con- sidered the party's nominee for the full six-year Senate term begin- ning in January, 1939. Nominations for the full term were to have been decided in next May's regular primary. -Whoever is nominated in the special primary will, of course, be a candidate for the full term. Thus, if he is forced to enter both primaries, the nomi- nee will have to enter five elections within the next 12 months. It is' generally believed that the committee will decide to declare the special nominee for the full term and that there will be no senatorial race in the regular pri- maries. Another point will be what to do with the perennial problem child of .Tom Heflin. Cotton Tom is hell bent to run for the Senate job and win attempt to qualify for the Democratic Primary. Since he was "ridden out" of the party for his attacks on Al Smith, the Committee will have to decide whether or not to forgive and for- get and let him back into the fold. The rumor is floating about the Capitol that the "handpicking ele- ment" may attempt to handpick a nominee for the Senate rather than submit it to a vote. But don't for- get that 67 counties voted against Matt Murphy when he ran for Na- tional Committeeman on the hand- picking issue. The handpickers re- member that and they will not at- tempt to repeat With Congress over, the Alabama Congressional delegation came sneaking' back to the state this week in much the same attitude as the inebriate husband who tosses in his hat first to see if he is welcome. Only three of the 10-member dele- gation can be said to have added materially to their stature during, the late-lamented session. They are John and Will Bankhead and Henry B. SteagalL Much of tbe credit for the defeat of Uie Supreme Court "packing" Bill must go to John Bankhead, for the strong opposition he expressed to tbe bill came at the best psy- chological moment The senator showed a tendency to hedge on Wage-and-Hours Bill but this was because be was probably funda- mentally opposed to Uie bill, but he felt he could not oppose a bill sponsored by his colleague, Senator Black. Will Bankhead presided master- fully OVT a raucus House during his first full term as Speaker. A Party leader second in importance President he supported 1hc throughout though suspected of doing nolhing to nt the final broad-axing of the Wages-and-HouTS BiU m Ihe House Rules Committee. Representative Steagall, of Ozark, one of the ablest men in the House, was co-author of Wagner Hows- ing Act. He is also chairman of Ihe powerful House Banking Commit- tee The other Congressmen-Hill, jar- man, Stames, Hobbs, Spartanan, PASTOR MEYER IS HONORED Twenty-five years of service in the the record of Rev. Henry Meyer, of St. Paul's Lutheran church, and the members of his church paid tribute to that fact Friday night with a special rec- ognition service. The entire 25 years have been, spent in the years have been- devoted to St. Paul's in Cull- man. Rev. W. H. Holls, president of the southern district of the Mis- souri Synod, delivered the sermon. Herman Steindorff, President of the Congregation, welcomed Rev. Meyer and led him to the front pew. The church was decorated in white and green. Bouquets of "snow on the gladiolas, and tube roses decorated the altar. The choir rendered two anthems. After the service a reception was held in the basement of the church, with Rev. Herbert Wallner of Mont- gomery, acting as toastmaster. Let- ters and telegrams of congratula- tions were read and gifts from the various departments of the church were presented to Pastor Meyer. E. C. KINNEY IS MUCH IMPROVED E. C. Kinney, prominent Cullman business man, who has been ill for the past few months, showed defi- nite signs of improvement tms week. Mr. Kinney was able to be up, and make a trip down to his store. Cullman citizens are anxious for his complete recovery. Patrick and present most of the time, missed no pay- days, and each were handed one new postoffice for his constituents by Papa Jim Farley. The crusade of the National La- bor Relations Board against the Ci- ty of Gadsden continued this week as the NLRB provided a forum for labor organizers to accuse the city of everything from rape to may- hem. The charges are being pressed by the United Rubber Workers of America, whose attorneys contend that the Goodyear Tire Rubber Co., has conducted a "terroristic" campaign against all organizers. Eight members of the U. R. W. A. were beaten and run out of Gads- den last year and the hearings are an outgrowth of this episode. Thirty witnesses were presented by the union in an effort to show that organizers had been systemati- cally discharged by the manage- ment The Goodyear Company B to pre- sent a number of witnesses to re- fute this testimony, but since the NLRB is nationally recognized as being under the control of John Lewis, its decision in thecase is foregone. An Alabamian this week was ele- vated to the Presidency of the Young Democrats of America. He is Pitt Tyson Maner. 37-year-old secrela'ry to Governor Graves. The Scollsboro case, it appears, is not to be settled once and for all. The four Negroes who were freed are cutting such high jinks in New York that the Communists see a chance of being able to re-finance the whole show for al Jeasl another year. The four Negro "martyrs" are to go on the stage in Harlem and re- ceive high salaries for the re-enact- ment of the scene in an Alabama Courtroom in which they were freed. And the "benefit which have been given for them in New York have brought in hun- dreds of dollars for the "defense fund." AH this has hardened the hearts of those in Alabama who were ready to compromise. So it appears that the sentences of the five who have been convicted win not be com- muted, and the whole mess wtD go back to the U. S. Supreme Court. High School Stu- dents to Receive Vo- cational Training Students at the Cullman county high school studying occupations, will receive practical instructions for the first time this year, R. E Moore, Supt. of Schools, announced this week. The system is made possible by the Diversified Occupations Depart- ment of the State. Dept. of Educa- tion. There are some 25 coordina- tors sent out into the counties this year. It is the duty of each to gain the cooperation of the merchants and trades people, so that students may be brought into close contact with the real work which he wishes to do. N. P. Bartlett, coordinator assign- ed to Cullman county high, is anx- ious to contact Cullman tradesmen in order that he may find places for some 15 or 20 students. Each student, in his last two years of high school and 16 or over, is given two units per year for the work he does outside of school. He is apprenticed to someone in the community who does the line of work he is studying, and works three hours per day for five days a week. For example, a boy interest- ed in becoming a printer would be assigned to a Cullman shop to work, thus being acquainted with the ac- tual work while he was studying the course in school. Other subjects afforded are sales- manship, insurance, banking, etc. Mr. Bartlett expects to call on all merchants eligible to lend assist- ance in the new courses. At the beginning of the last term Supt. of Education Moore requested the State Department to put a co- ordinator here in order that practi- cal education might be afforded stu dents here. This year the request was granted, and he feels that the county is indeed fortunate. ATTENDANCE INCREASE REGISTERED IN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS A definite increase in the number of students entering high schools in Cullman county was recorded this week when 20 high and junior high schools began the 1937 term. "Of course, we cannot be certain as to the enrollment at this early Supt. of Education R. E. Moore declared, "but we are certain that every school showed some kind of increase." Opening exercises for the Cull- man grammar school will be held Wednesday, Sept 1st, at R. P. Johnston announced this week. Be- ginners must enter during the first two weeks of school and must be six years of age before Oct let, in order to enter this year. THE OLD HEN CACKLED But in this case it sounded more like a horse laugh than a cackle, for she had just accom- plished something which baf- fled practically everyone. She had laid an egg with a bright green yolk, instead of the usual yellow. No, of course you don't believe it but never- theless she did, and what's more she does it regularly now. The hen is up at E. C. Kin- ney's store, and has been under the careful watch care of Hen- ry Thompson. He says the green eggs go to prove that what tbe chicken eats deter- mines the kind of eggs sne will lay. It only takes four days of feeding to turn the yolks green, or most any other color for that matter. Henry is going to Iry gold dust next so don t be surprised if Ihe days of "goJden re- turn. NEW AUTO SERVICE DEPARTMENT OPENED The service department of the Kinney-Parker Motor Company, is now located in the Lovelady build- ing opposite the Post Office, in the building vacated last week by the Farmer's Produce Market. Mr. Guy Lassetter, a mechanic of long experience and training, is in charge, and has announced that be is now capable of servicing any and every type of automobile. Mr. Harry Parker, local deafer for Dodge-Plymouth automobiles, and Norge electric refrigerators, plans to open a used-car lot imme- diately behind the service depart- ment AN EDITORIAL THE RUBICON AGAIN Once again, it appears, the voters of Cullman County must ballot on the perennial question of whether or not the sale of spirltous liquors shall be made legal within the limits the county. Once again, brother must be arrayed against brother, and all the bitter fall and wormwood engendered by the legaliza- tion issue mui t be churned and spatterd into our faces. Once again, some jihurch members must desert their pews, and soap-box alike must resound with the fiery war cries of the protagonists. As of a young journal we are tempted to do as most community papers uo when this question duck into onf storm cellar, cheer both sides, and profit as much as possible from the advertising barbs of both factions. But by si ch a course we would break faith with every one of the 300 I Cullman homes which have so generously wel- comed our pa per. So from the beginning we wish to make our position a id our convictions clear. And we have no fears that our frien Is who differ with us will treat our views in any but the same sincere manner in which we offer them. First, let consider the issue to be decided here on Sep- tember 28th. Will we decide whether the possession of li- quor shall be legal in Cullman County? Will we decide whether the drinking of liquor shall be legal in Cullman County? Or will we decide whether the actual transfer of liquor from one person to another shall be legal in Cullman County? No. AD of these questions were decided for us, first by Mr. Roosevelt and his Democratic Congress in 1933, and then by Mr. Graves and his Legislature last January. It is al- ready possible to bring a bottle or a truckload of liquor into Cullman Cmuty and drink the entire truckload with your friends, without violating a single law on the statute books. The oHf 'question then which we will decide on Sep- tember 28tbr Is whether liquor shall be sold here through a or whether state-taxed liquor shall con- ner. This journal assumes that every conscientious citizen of this county admits the destrnctiveness of all types of hard liquor. It a universal disapproval of excessive drink- ing of beer wine. It further assumes that every sincere voter is interested in promoting the cause of temperance. On September 2Cth, two paths will be open to us. We can either maintain the traditional Bone-Dry position, or we can vote to complete the legalization process already begun by the Federal and State governments. The editors of this Journal were reared in a home so dry that the fire insurance rate was doubled on it. We fought the state stores plan during the last Legislature and bitterly opposed legalization during the last state-wide referendum. But in the light of all that has transpired in the state and nation since 1932, we cannot see that there is anything con- structive to be gained by clinging any longer to the sinking ship of Prohibition. We. therefore, throw out our lance for legalization. Recently, Dr. L. O. Dawson ,of Howard College, addressed the Rotary Club of Birmingham. He is one of the grand old men of the Temperance Movement, respected and loved alike by those who agree and disagree with him. During most of his talk he discussed the admitted evOs of the liquor traffic. He talked of the homes which have been wrecked by drunkenness, and deplored the health and wealth whlrt have been dissipated through drink. He pointed out the scientific effects of alcohol on the human faculties. In concluding, however, he declared that he is no longer interested in Prohibition as such. He asked his fellow Rotar- ians to forget all the old animosities of the Wet-Dry fights, and appealed to them to Join with him in a movement to force the State Health Department to begin a crusade to Inform, particmlariT the young generation, of the dangers of liquor. He asked co-operation In a fight to have the State Depart- ment of Education begin immediately a course designed to instruct every school cbBd in the harmful effects of alcoboL His logic appealed to every man before him, and so-call- ed Wets Joined with the Drys in having that address printed and distributed. Here is something ttxal deserves cur consideration. In millions of voters who have deserted the Prohibition Cause since 1925. Uie majority are not drunkards, political ringmas- ters, or liquor manufacturers. The majority are sincere peo- ple, who have come to doubt that the treat idea! temper- ance can be won by simple court decree. Human nature and tbe habits of centuries cannot be altered by the stroke of a We need to reform the sbell-torn ranks of toe Probibi- if we are to become effective again. We need strong i from among those conscientious dissenters whom we are now pleased to caU Wets. We can't get them through die-hard or bitter-end tac- tics. A salid front of aH temperance croups can be attained vntr tfcrMgl) oaapiomlse, edvcatton and re-organization. tender such a plan re-organization as Dr. DawMn has we can'fcope that aH tbe prayers and all tbe rigbl- tn tbe ranks of tbe Drys can attain toe effective- wUch it deserves. Mitchell Certifies 1500 Names On Petition For Legalization Probate Judge Homer F. Mitchell today ordered another special Re- peal referendum in Cullman County and set down Tuesday, September 28, as the date for the balloting. Judge Mitchell's action followed official certification of approximate- ly 1500 names of qualified voters on petitions presented him by leaders ot the legalization movement Two weeks were spent checking and rechecking the petition in the Probate Office, during which scores of names were challenged by Dry Win Five Dollars The Banner welcomes letters of opinion on the Repeal ques- tion. During the next four is- sues we shall publish as many letters as space will permit Five dollars will be paid for the best argument in favor of legislation, and the same amount will be paid for the best letter in favor of prohibition. Judges will be selected from the leaders of both movements Get your letter in early. Noted Alabamians Attend Kiwanis Club The regular meeting of the Ki- wanis Club Tuesday evening fea- tured addresses made by the honor guests of the evening, Dr. James L. Brakefield, head of the Biology De- partment at Howard College, and Alabama Supreme Court Judge Joel B. Brown. Dr. N. V. Culpepper of Cullman, was also honored as a guest National Reserve To Be Made Into Swimming pools, picnic grounds, good roads and scenery equal to any in the nation is the aim of offi- cials ox the Black Warrior National Forest Reserve in Winston, Law- rence and Franklin Counties. The gates to the wild animal sanc- tuary, housing deer, wild turkey, squirrel, rabbits, quail and many others were opened Sunday to picnickers. Throughout the entire govern- ment reserve of some acres, mostly covered by dense forests, a network of good gravel-surfaced roads are being built, for two pur- poses; that each and every part of the forest may be reached easily in case of fire, and that visitors may drive through the forest in comfort and enjoy the scenery. Project Supt E. C. Bailey of the Forestry Camp, Ala. Service says that by means of the five towers stationed at advantageous points throughout the reserve, fire of any kind may be detected at the first sign of smoke. An efficient telephone service en- ables the fireguard and ranger at the tower to quickly transmit the news to one of the CCC camps and soon a fire crew of fire- fighting boys are on hand to take care of the fire. The usual method of fire fighting is the for- mation of a fire line of boys, beat- ing out the flames. Supt. Bailey says that the Spring and Fall are the treacherous time for forest fires. "We have all this fine scenery and land here." Mr. Bailey declar- ed, "why not let the people enjoy irr With this thought in mind, the forest service is laying plans to build swimming pools on the reserve, one of them only about 25 miles from CuUman on Brushy Creek. Al present only one picnic ground has been completed but sev- eral others arc being planned, pro- vided picnickers desire ibenr This one is located at Ihe Natural Bridge on the Chcalham Highway which runs into the Cullman-Double Springs road. Several open hearth fireplaces for barbecue, a spring with good cold water, wooded hills for the youngsters to romp over, tables, benches and shelters, all arc conveniently on hand Each picnicker is requested to register as he enters the so that some record of the number of people who patronize Ihe grounds may be kept. Good roads make the forest re- serve easily accessible to practical- ly aU parts of North Alabama, and certainly this garden spot is destin- ed to become one of the most popu- lar recreational centers in Alaba- ma. For further information please consult U. S. Forest Dr. Ranger at Decawor, Mr. Tom Wilson, Leaders and charges of forgery were hurled repeatedly. At the conclusion of the exhaus- tive check however Judge Mitchell declared that the petitions carried more than the 1364 signatures nec- essary to force the referendum. Announcement of the impending vote stirred the opposing fori ls in- to furious action, and prospeci that the campaign will be on. the bitterest in the long the Prohibition issue. Oddly enough, two of the coun- ty's prominent mule dealers were chosen to head the opposing fac- tions. D T. Kinney was named chairman of the Finance Committee for the groups seeking legalization, and J. M. Bright was elected chair- man of the Cullman County Tem- perance Alliance. Assisting Mr. Kinney in directing the legalization campaign will be M. L. Robertson, Speaker Pro Tern of the Alabama House of Represen- tatives, and president of the Parker Bank Trust Co.; J. R. Tucker, West Cullman merchant; Mayor J. A. Dunlap; Rene Clark, manager of the Tennessee Valley Bank; George Stiefelmeyer, Cullman. merchant, and Joe Baier. Associated with Mr. Bright in the Temperance Alliance will be Rev. Sim Calvert, as Vice-Chairman; Vest Schultz as Vice-Chairman; and Rev. T. J. Chitwood, pastor of the Hanceville Methodist _chui Judge S. J. Griffln and, H. Clay Smith will handle the purse strings of the Dry organization as finance chairmen. In the state-wide referendum last March 10th, the Prohibttiohtats were victorious in the county by 17 votes out of a total of nearly 4000 votes cast. Legalization leaders believe that the Repeal record :n the rest of the state will switch enough votes to give them a substantial majority, but Dry leaders are just as confident that their majority this time will exceed 300 votes. Several other counties in the state will reconsider Repeal on the 28th. Calhoun and Dale counties have already announced referen- dums, and Marshall is expected to follow. NEW SHOP OPEN P. L. Geisen, well known in Cull- man in the blacksmith arts, is open- ing a new shop located one mile north on the Bee Line Highway. What and When AT Strand Theatre CULLMAN Friday, 240; 7-00 and Saturday Saturday: 240; 740; Sunday: 240-440. CLARK GABLE and JEAN HARLOW Lyric Theatre Friday, Ancvst 27th Bargain day. Doable BID. and Saturday-Sunday, 28-29 -EAST LIVING" with Jean Arthur, Edward AraaU Monday, Aug. 30th Matinee only, EASY LIVING Night. "SWEETHEART OF THE NAVY." Tues.-Wed., 31, Sept. 1 "BLONDE TROUBLE" with Eleanor Whitney aad Johnny Downs Thursday, Sept 2nd "HOOSIER SCHOOLBOY" With Micky Rovney. Rite Theatre HANCEVILLE Monday, Wednesday, day, Friday and Saturday Nights: 7-30-940. Saturday Afternoon 140; 230; 440   

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