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   Cullman Banner, The (Newspaper) - September 24, 1937, Cullman, Alabama                               We Believe In Cullman County THE CUL BANNER In the Heart of Alabama's Rich- est Agricultural District YOUR NEWSPAPER Volume 11. CULLMAN, ALABAMA, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1937. 5 Cents a Copy Internal Dispute Rends Dry Ranks Duncan Farm Machine Crashes Amid Hot Fight BY WILLIAM B. HUIE MONTGOMERY, SEPT. once-powerful "Duncan farm ma- chine" which elected Bibb Graves governor in 1934 lay broken and bat- tered this week against the rocks of internal dissension. In a series of bitter accusations and affidavits, the members of the Alabama Extension Service washed their dirty political linen in full view of an amazed electorate. So furious has become the battle among various factions of the or- ganized farmers that observers believe that never again will the "Dun- can machine" function with crushing power it exhibited in 1934. The chief development this week, however, was the effort being made by the more level-headed members of the farm organization to heal the breach between North and South Alabama farmers and unite them once again under one banner. Wilcox County farmers, in a mass meeting at Camden, repudiated their membership in the newly- formed Alabama Farm Bureau Fed- eration and demanded the resigna- tion of their farm agent, A. C. Ed- mondson. Edmondson was one of the lead- ers in the "secession movement" by which 21 South Alabama counties withdrew from the Alabama Exten- sion Service and set up the rival Farm Bureau Federation. The angry Wilcox Countians de- clared that they had not been con- sulted about the withdrawal of their county from the Extension Service. Their statement added strength to the general belief that the "South- ern rebellion" was engineered by a group of farm agents who acted without tne knowledge of the rank and file farmers. Another startling development of the week was a statement issued by Mrs. Annette Smith Breeden. who served as home demonstration agent in Dallas County for 13 years prior to her abrupt removal by the Duncan organization. In a signed statement published by The Sclma Times-Journal, Mrs. Smith charged that the political domination of the state extension service leaders included women as well as men. "During the last gubernatorial she declared, "I was vis- ited in my home by Elizabeth For- ney, district agent of the farm ex- tension service, and was informed that Dr. L. N. Duncan, then director of extension, wanted Bibb Graves elected to office again. It was sug- gested that I vote and work for Governor Graves 'for the good of the extension service "My reply was that the extension service had forced me to vote for Graves once, but that I would not do so again. Miss Forney warned me that I would be sorry. "Following my refusal to submit myself to further political domina- tion from Auburn. I was ejected from the position of home demon- stration agent without being grant- ed an explanation for this action." Another sensational phase of the rebellion has been sworn charges by several South Alabama agents that they were assessed as much as each to raise which ur. Duncan is alleged to have paid Cy Brown, president of Montgomery's Board of Revenue, lo lobby for the sales tax. Dr. Duncan is said to have asked the organization as a whole to pay this but when North Alaba- ma agents cojected, he levied it di- rectly on agents under the control of his right-hand man, R. G. Ar- nold, who was then supervisor of the southwestern section of the stale. The money was not readily raised and Alien Grubb. prominent Green County cattleman, is sand lo have STjbpcriJjc'd to the fund on the t'ondatirm Thai Ihc farm org.aniz.a- 1ion "gel out of politics." Grubb is raid also 1o have dc- n-nncJed n1 thai lime 1hra1 Dr Dun- c; 11 "qurl pohlicV' find give n1- tcnlion to operating Al.-jbnma Poly- technic Rotary Club Of Cullman Organized The Rotary Club of Cullman was organized Friday night, Sept. 17, with a charter membership of 21. Wm. R. Griffin, local theatre own- er, was elected president; Dr. J. G. Daves, prominent physician, vice- president; Jack N Huie, newspaper editor, secretary; T. W. Bland, auto- mobile dealer, treasurer; and Al H. Ehrensperger, cast iron manu- facturer, sergeant-at-arms. The Board of Directors of the Club included Wm. R. Griffin, J. B. Daniel, Dr. J. G. Daves, F. W. Hurston, W. R. Major, T. A. Robin- son, and Henry F. Arnold. The Club was organized under the direction of Joe Duncan, promi- nent Decatur Rotarian, and the De- catur Club will continue to sponsor the Cullman club for several weeks. The regular meeting time for Ro- has been set at Rotary Interna- The break-up of ihc ring, which had become one of the most powerful in the stale's history be laid 1o Emmctl Sizcmore and lV High. of two large North Alabama districts. Both High and Sue-more wanted 1be job of director of the on Pace 6. tary of Cullman noon Thursday. tional is the oldest lunchean club in existence, and it was generally considered that Cullman is indeed fortunate to have Rotary repre- senten. Special meeting at the Alabama Hotel Thursday for their first meet- ing, Rotary of Cullman boasted al- most a perfect attendance. Decatur Club, the sponsor for the Cullman Club, conducted the pro- gram. James Rankin, Sec. of the Decatur Club, spoke on the "mean- ing of emphasizing the broad scope of Rotary Ideals. Other visitors from Decatur were: Rutledge Thomas, Abstractor; Mike Goidel, Druggist: Dr. W. D. Jack- son, Dentist; H. R. Sherard, Texaco Gasoline Co.; Sam W. Brown, Gas Company: Tom Fitzpatrick, mana- ger of McGough Bakeries. Bus Burns At John- son's Cross Roads Fire completely destroyed a S17.- 000 Greyhound bus. containing sev- eral thousand dollars worth of lug- gage. Wednesday, as a result of a mysterious fire at Johnson's Cross Roads on the Bee Line Highway be- tween Hanceville and Cullman. There were some 15 passengers aboard the bus, but all escaped in- jury of any kind save fright. Driver and witnesses were at a loss to ex- plain how the fire originated. The bus stopped at the Crossroads and let a passenger off. Immediately af- ter the driver started again, he was warned by one of the passengers that the machine was afire. Fortuniately the fire did not spread rapidly, and every passenger was able to get out of the bus before anyone was injured. Much of the luggage was saved, but several trunks and bags burned. Estimates as to the value of the luggage rang- ed from to Statement of Facts BY H. CLAY SMITH In justice first, to myself, and then to a large number of my warm personal friends, who have seen fit to align themselves with the repeal forces in this county, and who have chosen or may choose to vote for the repeal of the present prohibition law as It applies to Cullman County on September 28th in the election to be held in this county on that date, so far as I am personally concerned, I desire to make this public statement. There appeared on the front page of The Cullman Banner, In its issue of September 17th, an article dealing with ugly and un- wise personalities. The article referred to being reproduced from literature circulated in defense of the retention of the present pro- hibition law under the title of the "Temperance Bulletin." Certain statements contained in this article directed to those who saw fit to differ with those who favor retaining the present law are, to say the least, very unwise, uncalled for and entirely out of place well as out of line with any sort of political expediency. Unfortu- nately, my name appeared among others in the article as being one who sets himself up as a criterion for others to follow in voting on this question, and condoning statements to the effect that those Mio vote for repeal and for legalization of beer and whiskey in this county would "FIND THEMSELVES IN THE SAME COMPANY WITH EVERY BOOTLEGGER AND EVERY MAN AND WOMAN OF LOW CHARACTER IN THE COUNTY, ETC." First place, I have never authorized my name to be used in connection with any sort of propaganda dealing with the repeal question either for it or against it. In the second place I do not subscribe to nor do I countenance or condone statements of that character. I do not believe that all those who vote against prohibi- tion are of the type this article might have led the public to believe they are. Some of the best men and women hi this county to my personal knowledge are supporting the repeal measure. They are doing so first, because they have a moral and legal right to do so, and in the second place, a large number of them are voting that way for conscientious reasons, actually believing by that vote they may be rendering genuine service to the cause of temperance, 2nd they are not casting their vote for appeal because they are men and women of low type of moral character. To me as well as to all others who love the spirit of fair play and fair dealing, political tactics of this nature are repulsive and out of line with good Judg- ment and common sense. I wish to publicly deny any connection with the article above referred to. I was never consulted about it, nor did I know any- thing about it. Personally I have always supported the cause of Prohibition, honestly believing this to he the best solution of the liquor problem. I still believe that. At die same fttie the man who sees fit to differ with me is acting- within his God-given, moral and legal rights to do so, and be has to answer to his own and to his God, and does not have answer to me or anybody else for the he votes on this or any other question at issue. One of the best ways to defeat a good cause thmt I know anything about, comes from the re-action and backwash of unwise and unwarrant- ed propaganda. Prominent Churchman Assails 'Unwise' Tactics Employed Bq Zealous Prohibition Leaders H. Clay Smith Charges Bulletin Was Published Without His Consent CULLMAN COUNTY, ALABAMA SAMPLE BALLOT Local Option Election Sept. Do you favor the legal sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages m this county? (Place an X opposite the word indicating- your choice.) YES NO SHORTER HOURS AT CULLMAN HIGH Cotton picking time brings a change in the school hours at Cull- man high. School now begins at a. m. and is over at p. m. in order for those interested in pick- ing the linten matter to get al it. GARDEN CITY REVIVAL Revival begins at the Congrega- tional church, Garden City. Sun- day. Oct. 3rd, Rev. M. L_ Thrasher, pastor, announced today. Rev. T. J. Chilwood of the Metho- dist church, Hanceville, will do the preaching. Everyone is invited. Publicly stating that he had nothing to do the recent "Temperance circulated through- out Cullman County, and charging that such "politi- cal tactics are repulsive and cul of line with good judgmenl and common H. Clay Smith, prominenl Cullman business man and member of Ihe financial committee of the Cullman County Temper- ance Alliance stated early this week that such propa- ganda was "one of the best ways to defeat a good cause." Mr. Smith's action was prompted by an article published last week in The Banner in which ex- cerpts from the Bulletin were quoted which used his name. Mr. Smith stated that it was several days after the bulletin was published and circulated before he had seen a copy of it. The article, alleged to have been written by W. Earl Hotalen, Executive Secre- tary of the Alabama Temperance Alliance, was an answer to an advertisement carried in The Banner by the Legalization League, entitled FACE THE FACTS. Later Drys admitted that the article was out of line and mis-written, indicated that it was not their tactics to attack personalities, and in an attempt to salve the rent which the Bulletin caused in prohibi- tion forces published this week in The Banner adver- tisement of explanation. Most members of the temperance alliance were hopeful that the referendum would take the same turn that kept the county out of the legalization ranks on the last referendum, March 10th. However, it was generally admitted that misguided tactics in the case of the Temperance Bulletin had cost the prohibition ranks votes, and had caused no little disagreement among the Drys themselves. Meanwhile, fights to relain Ihe bone dry laws were being made by the Alabama Temperance Alli- ance in four other counties besides Cullman. In Cal- houn (Annislon) the fight seemed to be the hardest, since Ihccounty only wenl Dry on March 10. by a ma- jority rivaling Ihe closeness of Ihc Cullman vole. Dry leaders Rev. John E Marion, Rev. W. Glenn Barlee, and Rev. S J. Calverl continued to remain foremost in the ranks, rapidly planning a final re- organization and drive up to the election time. Repeal Forces Plan Final Drive As Voters Prepare To Vote On September 28th Striving to prevent :iny kind of let-up in the fighting ranks of the Legalization League, D T. Kin- ney, chairman of the League, was reluctant to offer any predictions as to the outcome of the vote next Tuesday. "I can't help remembering another lime, "Mr. Kinncy stated, "when a little bit of over-confidence caused us to lose by a heart-breaking majority." Recognizing the fact from the statistics of the March 10th referendum, legalization forces have been concentrating final efforts on the rural communities and voters. It is granted by most political big-wigs that Cullman proper will align itself in the Legaliza- tion column by at least a three to one majority. How- ever, large dry majorities in several rural boxes was powerful enough on March 10th to overcome the city wet majority. Throughout the campaign repcalists have con- tinuously explained the Alabama Beverage Control Act, so that misinformation and misunderstanding would not prevent a clear knowledge as to just what legalization would mean in Cullman County. Cullman, together with four other counties in Ala- bama, was quick to circulate petitions after the ex- pired six months after the vote in March. Many other counties which remained in the Dry section in March are circulating petetions in an effort to reopen case of Repeal. At the same time, on Sept. 23rd, Ten- nessee was voting on hard liquors, having voted in. beer and light wines immediately after the passage of the 21st amendment. The Sept. 28th referendum will be the third time in the last few years that the county has voted on the repeal of its bone dry statutes. On both other oc- casions the entire Slate was voting on the same prob- lem, and there was no repeal already existent in the Stale. After Ihis vole, il will of necessity be two years before any reconsideration tan be made of the pro- hibition laws. Members of the repeal forces were heartened this week al the .small number of affidavits of forgery lhal was made by people who swore lhal their names were not put on the- petition for referendum by their authority. B. P. W. Meets The first meeting of the Business and Professional Women's Club was held Tnesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Bess Morrow. Many note- worthy plans were discussed lor the coming year. Those attending the district meet- ing held recently al Tuscaloosa were Misses Mary Clyde Garner, Eva Pulmer and Mrs. Bess Morrow. Their reports indicated that the meeting was unusually inspiring. "Visiting the club for this meeting was one of the members of Cull- naan's first B. P. W. Club, Mrs. Bonnie Allison. The next meeting of the crab wiD be held al Mrs. Bprnett's. Federal Land Bank Sale In Full Swing The sale of 10.000 acres of farm land in Cullman county was rapidly progressing this week with the op- ening of the Federal Land Bank Farm sale Monday, W. P. Breen stated today. Bids on lands have been coming in unusually well, but the largest sale is expected during next week. Messrs. Brecn and Powell of the Bank declare that the beginning of the sale surpassed all expectations, and urge farmers interested in buy- ing land in any quantities to get in touch with the Bank at once. According to the directors of the sale, farms will be available for probably two weeks. President Roosevelt Comes Fight to Foes of Court Packing Bill With ,1 chip bulging from his and spoiling for a fight. Roosevelt u-as riding the prairie1.- Mocking Ine r1rfrr.i1 of vnl ,-jl- ni'ivl entire program during the Congre.v-i >nal "in j-ijit ended Thnf.r in charge f 1hf "jiispifelion lour" drclnrfd 1hn1 Pri "A. 01jl> IfinJ.inp rl.iins, under but no OTIC gnvc prnoue v, Ihc Supreme Court, Packing In Montana Senator Wheeler Tcniy defied Ihc ha in for re-election, has apparcntJy 1hc chrj33mgc' O'Mrihnnty m Wy- oming .jlf.fl tip TC'-Clr-dl'iTJ 3iex-cs lhal enough of his opponents runs hot in the mountains will be dclc-nltd next year to enable him 1o do this Only one formal ,-jfJdress has born for Wtitern ilinrr- Th.-jl T- 1o Ix- drlivcrfr] ,jl ih  be in Mates represented by Seniors Burke. O'Msihoney and Wheeler. the Three -who black-jwkc-d hopt-d tb.jl he h.id giv- 5 pi, itj 1o sudd rirw ,113 Supreme bu1 hi- 1hK ;jml fn up ticri.- 1' fi rry hic. dc-cisifin 1o rrjr.iV.-c thr' "Wc 1np dashed to p Warhinglon corrcrpondcnt's aprcc-d that Roosevelt hsu. f the bit bet-A-crn his teeth ;jtjd termined to do nothing else he can jam the Court plan down the throat He apparently bo de- TV- iTip if 1tV in 1 jour- 1rV' Prf'irilr nl mif' J-m. Courl Bill 1fV- .nd- Hours- Bill fphl party 1wo In Old Ke-ntucfcv -land of bilVr fe-uds. faM hor.wj, ?jrid bcsiuliful wo- men rxrcurrcd an "un- written law" mind the assail nation to re-- that blood 5till Two years ago blond and bcauli- G-arr Taylor was found drarti) in dilch nr-ar Shflb.vvjJlr. Ky Hrr ,'uitor. Hfnry H nh.jirJI of Bouljug w j.j and charged ujlh mur- (3'-T iiIT; b< r .-hf rrfuvd rruTJT- him rl iirri'Tl 1hi1 ttv V'rri.5 h.if] (.ilJffJ bfr.nj l-mily obif'dioiji. lo Ifrfjr rn.ir ri.jgf. ;urid u-h'1) 1rjfd by thr rorri 1hr- jury waj unable 1o ri-.jrfi vc-rdid Thi" vrpfl! Gr-nr-ral Dc-nhardl rf- 1 umcd To Shf-lbyvjllc with his ,M- lornr.-ys a trial Monday nigM he erossc-d a to his hoW and 1hrr-e brother.', of 1JV- wluu v. illi rm btvauly were waiting for him. They <.hol him down ,-ss he r.ac-ed for the door The Ihr'-e, known Ihroughoul 1hr mo-unl.Lim for 1hvir f.irrjijy loyally, wr' Roy. ,7.jcV. ,jnd Dor <7.ur 1V.1L Hoy hoi brollicT' -A T( rh.iTtl-'d Tnurd'r foTii'T.jlul.iloiv pout''J iu1o 1h' IT 1hroughou1 ib< Vision, r.jll- fd on 1h'7Tj lo f'l'r )1Mf them on 1be O.-jynig <.f rj former IK-U- Ir-nwl-goveTrior of Kentucky fourl attempted to hold the without bond, but wealthy Krnluckifjns offered to make a bond for them and they on Page 4) What and When AT Strand Theatre CULLMAN Friday, Saturday Saturday: Sunday: SONJA HENIE and TYRONE POWER In ICE" Lyric Theatre Friday. Sept. 24th Bargain day. Double BUI and Shorts. Saturday-Sunday. Sept. 25-26 "SOULS AT SEA" Monday, Sept. 27th Matinee "SOULS AT SEA" Nijfhl, "RfcXDEVOUX OF THE ALPS" Tucs.-Wod-, Sept. 28-29 "ON SUCH A NIGHT" Thursday. Srpt. 30th "BLAZING BARRIERS" Rite Theatre HANCEVILLE Monday, Wednesday, Thurs- day. Friday and Saturday Nights: Saturday Afternoon 4 Every Cullman County Citizen Should Vote Tuesday   

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