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December 10, 1920

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Bethurum Announces.  In this issue of the Journal Judge B.J. Bethurum announces for re-election of the office of Circuit Judge.  It has been known for some time that Judge Bethurum would seek re-election for his friends have been urging him for several months to announce.  In making his announcement Judge Bethurum says that he has been repeatedly urged by large delegations to seek the office again and that in announcing he is following the wishes of a majority of the voters of the district.  Judge Bethurum's candidacy of course will meet with opposition but his friends claim that the will be returned a winner by a large vote.  He is making the race on his record of service for the past two terms.   The Judge is very popular and has a large following.  He will begin an active campaign at once.

Railway Men Are Awarded Service Medals.  Somerset Men In The Number Named.  Southern Railway officials met at Chattanooga last Saturday and awarded over one hundred medals to employees of the road who have served the company continuously for the past 25 years or more.  Those who live in Somerset receiving the medals were C.J. Ligeon, engineer; Sam McCormick, engineer; Wm. O'Donnell, engineer; J.A. Neikirk, car inspector; Andy Wheeler, laborer; and J.C. Foster, boiler inspector.  High railway officials present at the meeting were President Fairfax Harrison, Vice Presidents V.P. Miller, Munson and Hainen, of Washington, D.C., General Manager J.H. Stanfield, of Cincinnati, General Superintendent F.P. Pelter of Chattanooga, General Superintendent of Transportation C.M. Mitchell of Cincinnati, W.H. Dooley of Cincinnati, and J.G. Clements of Somerset.

Fulkerson.  Judge F.L. Fulkerson of Rockport, Ky., father of Dr. H.K. Fulkerson of this city, died very suddenly at the home of his son here last Tuesday night.  He had only been in Somerset about a week, having come here to make his home.  He had been slightly ill for some time but his condition was not thought serious.  Judge Fulkerson was 71 years of age.  He was formerly police judge of Rockport, and was also engaged in other business.  He was a member of the Methodist Church, a Mason, Knights of Pythias and Red Men.  Besides his son, Dr. H.K. Fulkerson, of this city, he leaves two other sons.  Dr. Fulkerson and family left Wednesday with the body for the old home.

Birthday Dinner.  A surprise birthday dinner was given Mr. Ben Hamm of this city at his home on Central Ave., last Sunday by members of his family.  The affair was a most enjoyable one and was participated in by forty-six of his relatives and a few friends.  At the dinner were his children, grand children, great grand children and other relatives.  The meal, which was a sumptuous affair, was prepared by his children.  Mr. Hamm was 77 years of age
and he greatly enjoyed the compliment paid him by those present.

Wesley.  Mr. Josiah Wesley, father of Hon. E.T. Wesley, of this city, died at his home, Bethel Ridge, Casey County, last Friday.  Funeral services were held Saturday.  Mr. Wesley was 85 years of age and was well known in Somerset where he often visited his son.

Doing Fine.  The report of the State Bank of Stearns, Stearns, Ky., shows that new institution flourishing.  Deposits aggregate $80,000.00.  Mr. J.A. Curtis, a Somerset boy, is Assistant Cashier.

George Smith.  After several months of suffering, Mr. George M. Smith, one of the older and most highly respected citizens of the city, died at his home on Mt. Vernon St., Monday afternoon.  He was 78 years of age.  Mr. Smith was born and raised in Pulaski County and was a son of George Washington and Tempest Smith, pioneer settlers of Pulaski County.  He spent his early life on a farm and later moved to Somerset where he engaged in business.  In March, 1889, he married Miss Amanda B. Davis.  To this union five children were born, of who three survive, Lieut. Chas. Smith, of the regular army; Chester Smith, a student of Marquette Academy, Milwaukee, Wis.; and Miss Helen May Smith.  Mr. Smith was liked by every one who knew him.  He was of quiet disposition; thoroughly congenial and honest and fair in all his dealings.  He was a man whose word was as good as a bond and he died with as few enemies as anyone could possibly have.  About a year ago, Mr. Smith made a profession of religion and united with the First Methodist Church of this city.  Funeral services were conducted at the church Wednesday afternoon by Rev. W.L. Clark, assisted by Rev. W.E. Hunter, of the Baptist Church.  Interment followed in the City Cemetery.  There were many beautiful floral offerings.  The honorary pall bearers were Judge N.L. Barnette, Thos. P. Jasper, George Jones, Richard Pettus, H.C. Gragg, Hayden Waddle.  Acting pall bearers were Dr. H.S. Doolin, M.L. Gover, Joe Gibson, Rufe Ashurst, Robert Warren and Owen D. Goodloe.

Sells More Lots.  Mr. J.H. Gibson sold several more building lots in his addition to Somerset this week.  This part of the city is growing fast and we are informed that more than twenty homes will be built there next spring.  It is one of the most desirable parts of town.

Denham Gets Auto.  No. 178, held by H.W. Denham, won the automobile which was raffled off last week by Sam Farrell.

Narrow Escape In Pitched Battle With Moonshiners.  Winfrey Was Right There. 
Mr. Chas. Winfrey, United States Prohibition Agent, returned to Somerset Tuesday after participating in a raid in Whitley County in which a regular battle took place.  Over 1,000 shots were fired between the agents and some forty moonshiners.  After a battle that lasted for hours six of the men were arrested.  The fight occurred in the "South America" district of Whitley County which is located about twenty miles from a railroad.  The officers captured nine fully equipped stills, of from 50 to 100 gallon capacity; 6,500
gallons of still beer and 100 gallons of whiskey.

New Instructor.  The Georgetown News says: Miss Thelma Sloan of Somerset has been appointed a teacher of the eleventh grade in the city school succeeding Mrs. Elmer Craycraft, who recently resigned to join her husband at Richmond, Ind.  Miss Sloan is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Sloan.

Elks Service.  Memorial services were held in the Elks lodge room on last Sunday afternoon.  Only members of the order were present.  Hon. William Waddle delivered a short address.

Sale Success.  The W.R. Ballou auction sale at Hail, Ky., conducted by Roby L. Johnson, was a success, the farm bringing more money than they asked for at private sale.  The corn sold for $1.00 per bushel, loose hay at $1.35 per
hundred, everything else in proportion.

Stella May To Make Race for County Clerk.  Will Soon Make Announcement.   Miss Stella May, who is at present employed at Frankfort in the office of the Workmen's Compensation Bureau, was at home for several days this week and announced to her friends that she was a candidate for County Court Clerk.  It has been rumored for some time that Miss May would seek this office, but there was no official statement from her.  Miss Stella has served as chief deputy under several administrations and has a long record of efficiency.  She is known to almost every man and woman in the county.  Always polite and accommodating she has made friends and kept them.  It is understood that Miss May will make her formal announcement within a few days and she will return to Pulaski and make a vigorous campaign.  She will be opposed for the nomination by C.M. Langdon the present Clerk, for whom she has served as deputy.  Mr. Langdon is also very popular and has made a splendid clerk.  This will be the first time a woman has ever run for office in Pulaski and the race will be watched with interest.

Bold Attempt To Rob Train at Oneida, Tenn., On Last Thursday Morning.  On Thursday morning, December 2, at about 1:30, train No. 6 (old No. 10) was the victim of an attempted hold up at Oneida.  As the fast passenger train came through the yards there the robbers threw the cross over switch and run the train on to the passing track.  However, their efforts to enter the mail and express car were frustrated by the prompt action of several crews of freight trains switching in the yards.  They did secure both the outgoing and incoming mail sacks and made a clean get away.  No doubt the robbers were the same as entered the depot at Oneida on Monday night and made away with the mail.  As this is government matter the postal service will lose no time in apprehending the culprits.

President Wilson Granted Noble Peace Prize - He Is The Third American To Be So Honored.  Copenhagen, Dec. 7 - It is announced that the Nobel Peace Prize will be conferred upon President Woodrow Wilson on December 10.  The prize carries with it besides the distinguished honor, a grant of about forty thousand dollars.  The late Theodore Roosevelt and former Senator Elihu Root are the only other Americans who have received this honor and distinction.

Will Attend School at Georgetown.  The Georgetown News said in a recent issue:  J.B. Silvers, Somerset High School, who was unanimously chosen all-state high school guard by Kentucky coaches and sports writers, was here for two or three days last week and declared his intention of entering Georgetown College next year.  Another Somerset football man is also expected here next fall.

W.J. Barnes Writes To Let His Friends Know of Unfortunate Shooting Affair. 
Middlesboro, Ky., Dec. 3, 1920.  Somerset Journal, Somerset, Ky., Dear Sir: 
I get so many letters and telegrams from friends in Pulaski County that I thought I would ask you to put a short statement in the paper for me concerning my recent misfortune.  I am principal of Middlesboro High School with an enrollment of one hundred and thirty pupils.  About five weeks ago in enforcing a rule against talking I had some girls upon the carpet.  It seems about a week after this a young man who belonged to a tough element and whom I had never seen, accosted me on the principle street one evening about dark and beat me over the head with his pistol and shot me through the lungs just above the heart, and since that time I have been struggling between life and death with chances at present in my favor of getting well.  The good people of this town are standing by me loyally.  They had a mass meeting at which they collected $2,000 to prosecute the assassin and pay all my hospital and operating expenses.  My left hand had to be amputated at the wrist, but I am willing to give it freely for the great common school cause for which I have given the best part of my life of twenty-seven years service.  Thanking you and my many friends in Pulaski County who have been so vitally interested in my welfare.  I remain as ever, your friend, W.J. Barnes

Handy With The Gun.  Kentucky Adjutant General's Wife Finds Chicken Killing Easy.  Frankfort, Ky. -  Mrs. Jack Morris, wife of Kentucky's adjutant general, is so handy with a gun that when she wants a chicken killed, she merely steps to the back door, takes aim with her .22 rifle, and the chicken falls with a bullet in its head.  She uses a gun brought from Belgium by the adjutant general and presented to his little son.

New Bible Class.  A Young Men's Bible class has been organized at the Presbyterian Sunday School with E.P. Buchanan, President; R.G. Williams, Jr., Secretary; and B.L. Waddle, Secretary and Treasurer.  Superintendent of City Schools R.E. Hill is the teacher.

Called Off.  On account of the rainy bad weather Saturday afternoon, the I.R. Longsworth auction sale was called off.  Said property will be sold at a later date.  Date not yet determined.  Property can be bought now private, by Roby L. Johnson, Somerset, Ky.

Lest You Forget.  When you fix your Christmas box to send to friends and relatives, don't forget the soldier boys at the Cumberland Sanitarium.  These young men will be lonesome and it is the duty of our people to bring them cheer during the holiday season.  Make them a visit and take a gift along with you.  They will appreciate it and you will feel better for having done it.

Come To Bazaar Friday, December 10th, from 4 to 10 O'clock.  Supper Served.  Mrs. Joplin predicts great success for the musical, such talented little people and such lovely girls and voices, and a most artistic stage done by Mrs. James and Miss Saunders.  Mrs. Reddish has two gifted pianists whom all will enjoy.  Mr. Calvert has an exhibition of violinists, making their first public appearance.  A charming young voice will sing, Mrs. Joplin at the piano, and Miss Stout with violin accompanying her.  Those who attend the bazaar will miss a treat if they do not hear these talented musicians.  Mrs. Jones has trained some of the most graceful steps for operetta numbers.  A splendid soldier will carry the colors; there will be little boy clown bears, and Japanese baby dollies and fourteen older Japanese girls of exceptional beauty to grace our Japanese Tea Garden.  The athletic numbers done by boys and girls will be attractive.

For the first time in four years flour has gone below $10 a barrel.

President Wilson Sends Last Message To Congress.  Many Recommendations Made. 
Washington, Dec. 7 - President Wilson' concrete recommendations to the opening of the Sixty-sixth Congress in his final message today were: Revision of the tax laws with simplification of the income and profits taxes, Independence for the Philippines, A loan to Armenia, Economy in government appropriations and expenditures and creation of a "workable budge system," cold storage and other laws affecting the cost of living and the Federal licensing of corporations as recommended in previous messages, rehabilitation and training of disabled soldiers and sailors.  The President did not endorse a bonus.  Nowhere does the President refer to the League of Nations or the peace treaty fight except perhaps by inference in his opening when he quoted Abraham Lincolns "let us have faith that right makes might and in that faith let us dare to do our duty as we understand it."  At its close the President wrote a paragraph which might be regarded as valedictory, saying:
I have not so much laid before you a series of recommendations as sought to utter a confession of faith.  If the faith in which I was bred and which it is my solemn purpose to stand by until my last fighting day.  I believe this to be the faith of America, the faith of the future and of all the victories which await national action in the days to come whether in America or elsewhere."  Democracy, the President said, is being put upon its final test. "The old war," said he, "is just now suffering from a wanton rejection of the people of democracy and a substitution of the principle of autocracy is asserted in the name but without the authority and sanction of the multitude.  This is the time of all others when democracy should prove its purity and its spiritual power to prevail.  It is surely the manifest destiny of the United States to lead in the attempt to make this spirit prevail." Two ways "in which the United States can assist to accomplish this great object" were outlined by the President.  They were: First, by offering the example within her own borders of the will and power of democracy to make and enforce laws which are unquestionably just and which are equaling their administration.  Second, by standing for right and justice as towards individual nations.  "The United States," said the President, "cannot refuse his role of championship without putting the stigma of rejection upon the great and devoted men who brought its government into existence."  The President's message was transmitted by messenger, the President adhering to his decision not to address Congress in person.  The President's message was not read immediately in the Senate which waited until it had disposed of routine business.  Secretary Tumulty was among the spectators in the Senate, occupying a seat on the floor.  Public galleries again were filled and several diplomats were present.

Delivers Address.  Governor Edwin P. Morrow, Rex G. Carpenter and S.S. Yantis left Saturday afternoon for Cumberland, Md., Mr. Carpenter's old home, where Governor Morrow will deliver the principal address at the Elks annual memorial ceremony.  Governor Morrow will go to Washington on business and Mr. Carpenter and Mr. Yantis will proceed to New York for a short business trip.  Lexington Leader.

Good Windows.  Mr. John Slessinger, Jr., is proving to be an expert in window dressing.  He has decorated two windows for Slessinger's Big Store that shows the work of a real artist.

Some Objection.  As was expected there has been some objection raised to the Church basketball league but those who are interested in the matter will go right ahead with the project and leave those out who do not desire to come
in.  Similar leagues have been formed in many towns in Kentucky in which all denominations take an active interest

Beattie Here To Get Hosiery Mill Started.  Wants Lots of Help, He Says.  Mr. Alex Beattie of Philadelphia, Pa., is in the city to make the necessary arrangements to open the large hosiery mill which will be located here.  The machinery is here and ready for operation, but there has been some delay in getting the building ready.  Mr. Beattie is now looking for a lot suitable to erect a building that will be the permanent home of the industry.  He will soon be in the market for help and asks the Journal to state that all applications for positions will receive his attention.  Anyone desiring a place can address Mr. Beattie at general delivery, Somerset.  About fifty girls are wanted to start operation of the factory.  IT is the intentions of the owners to make this one of the largest mills in this section and to eventually employ several hundred people.

Smithy Here.  Mr. Clarence F. Smith, a former Somerset boy, now National Bank Examiner with headquarters in Chicago, is visiting friends here.  Since leaving Somerset "Smithy" has met with wonderful success in the business world.  He has received many promotions and is now considered one of the most competent examiners in the United States.  He has just recently been engaged in examining some of the largest banks in New York City.

County School News by L.E. Meece, Sup't.  Ten thousand school teachers of Kentucky are to be educated by mail.  This announcement was made recently by State Superintendent George Colvin, who said that the step was to be taken in an effort to bring all Kentucky teachers up to the educational requirements of the school law passed at the last session of the State legislature.  The new law requires that by 1926 all teachers must have a full four year high school course and at least one year's professional training of the normal school rank.  Should the law become effective as to all teachers without anything being done, according to the superintendent, close to 10,000 of the 14,000 schools of Kentucky would be forced to close because of lack of teachers.  Approximately that number have neither high school nor normal training.  The courses for teachers are now being arranged at the two State normal schools and the Univ. of Kentucky, Mr. Colvin said, and full credit will be allowed by those institutions for correspondence courses.

Will Preach At Methodist Church.  The many friends of Rev. C.K. Dickey will be glad to know that he will preach Sunday morning at the First Methodist Church and Sunday afternoon at Sweeney Chapel.  Rev. Dickey was formerly pastor of the church here and has many friends who are always delighted to see him and to hear him preach.  He is now in charge of a church at Middletown, Ky.

Leonard Bahan, a former Somerset boy, starred this season with the Detroit Univ. eleven.  He played right halfback.  In the game with Tulane Univ. he caught a forward pass which resulted in the only score of the game.

Hunter Elected.  Dr. W.E. Hunter has been elected president of the Baptist State Board of Missions.  The State meeting was held in Louisville this week and Dr. Hunter attended.  It was announced at the meeting that for the first time in history of any denomination more money was available for sending workers abroad than workers to go.

In Lexington.  Rev. W.G. Montgomery, pastor of the First Christian Church, was in Lexington Tuesday to attend a meeting of preachers of the Christian Church who desire an investigation made relative to the College of Bible, Lexington, Ky.  The question of an investigation needed at the College of Bible has been agitated by certain members of the church and certain ministers for some time but the whole thing seems to be unwarranted.  The college is doing a great work and has a great man at its head.

Kinne May Run.  The political writer of the Louisville Times Sunday said:  The death of Dr. H. Pogue, State Senator in the Fifteenth District, McCreary, Pulaski and Whitley Counties, will necessitate another election to fill out the four year term.  McCreary County will furnish the candidate, and W.A. Kinne a Stearns coal operator, who was defeated by Doctor Hogue for the Republican nomination by a narrow margin, is being mentioned for the
succession.  The district is overwhelmingly Republican and one in which the Democrats never offer a candidate.

Must Be Scarce.  It would seem with coal fields all around us that Somerset coal dealers would never be out of coal.  But such is not the case.  For nearly a week some of the coal yards didn't have a load and lots of people had to burn logs or anything they could get.

Big Wreck At South Fork Wrecks Several Cars and Delays Trains For Hours.  As a result of a broken flange on a box car on freight train No. 78, of the Southern Railway, five cars loaded with merchandise were completely demolished at South Fork in Lincoln County, last Saturday night.  The merchandise was only slightly damaged however, and the loss will not be great.  The accident happened about 1 o'clock in the morning just after No. 13 had passed.  None of the other trains got by until about noon the next day.  Elmer Crain was engineer of the wrecked train.

Aid Asked In Near East Drive.  F.W. Harrop Is Chairman Of Pulaski County.  Rev. F.W. Harrop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, has been chosen chairman of the Near East campaign in Pulaski County.  He asks the assistance and cooperation of all the citizens in this work.  It is announced that $36.50 was collected at the union Thanksgiving service and has been forwarded to the headquarters.  The following telegram has been received by Rev. Harrop: Following cablegram just received from Bayard Dodge, son of our national treasurer, who is devoting his life to the suffering creatures of the Near East when he might be enjoying all the pleasure of his palatial home in New York.  "Armenian refuges pouring into Aleppo from Turkish frontier.  Severe weather commencing.  Women and children homeless.  Emergency work imperative.  Present appropriation must continue throughout winter."  Road from Central Armenia to the Black Sea jammed with Armenian women and children fleeing before Turkish army.  Unfed, shoeless, half naked refuges crowding into Tiflis for possible safety.  This unforeseen wholesale emergency amounting to national tragedy greatly increases amount of destitution placing heavy burden upon our committee calling for great increase unless we are willing to see tens of thousands of our former allies die in exile for lack of food and clothing which we can send if funds are provided.  Redoubling efforts to secure adequate funds imperative if disastrous loss of life is to be avoided.  All ministers are requested to inform their congregations of the existing conditions and to urge their generosity in this great crisis which is threatening our fellow Christians on the other side of the world.  Dr. E.L. Powell, State Chairman, John H. Leathers, State Treas.

Dogs In Bell Pay More Tax Than Coal.  Remarkable Condition In Big Fuel Producing County Is Told By Bob Crowe. (Courier-Journal).  Dogs of Bell County, the home of Joseph F. Bosworth, coal operator and Speaker of the House of Representatives, are yielding more in taxes to the state than are the many rich coal mines and their equipment in the county. This statement was made recently by Robert T. Crowe, Lagrange, former Speaker of the House, and author of a producing coal tax bill which was passed in the House of Representatives during the 1917 special session of the legislature and which was defeated in the Senate.  Mr. Crowe is an advocate of a tonnage tax on coal.  He also is a champion of good roads movement, and advocates a special session of the legislature this winter in the interest of good roads, he said, provided the legislators can be committed in advance to a tonnage tax on coal.  Referring to recent interviews from Mr. Bosworth in which he said he was making a profit of $2 a ton on coal taken from his mines, Mr. Crowe said that while his tonnage tax bill was in the legislature representatives of the coal mining interests appeared before the committee considering it and they would be satisfied with a profit of 10 cents a ton on coal.  In view of the fact that the coal operators are now making twenty times that profit, they could well afford to pay a production tax of 10 cents a ton at the present time, Mr. Crowe said.  Because coal prices are abnormal just now and are bound to recede, cutting profits, Mr. Crowe would not have the legislature provide for a fixed tonnage tax on coal.  Instead, he said, he would favor a law empowering the State Tax Commission to fix the amount of tax to fit conditions, the minimum to be 2 cents and the maximum 10 cents.  Were a production tax imposed on coal, the yield annually would be sufficient to pay the interest on $50,000,000 bonds for roads, in the opinion of Mr. Crowe and create a sinking fund for retirement of the bonds eventually.

Likes The Journal.  November 30, 1920.  The Somerset Journal, Somerset, Ky., I am an old Pulaski girl.  My mother, Mrs. Ben Ham, who is now living in Somerset, 110 N. Central Ave., subscribed for the Journal for me one year ago.  Words cannot express how much I have enjoyed it.  Each week I look forward to the coming of my Journal.  Now the time has expired I feel that I could not do without it.  I get so much news from home and you will find enclosed $2 for another year's subscription.  My mind often wanders back to old Somerset as most of my loved ones live there.  I now live in Nashville, Tenn., 707 S. 12th St.  Mrs. Louis Ramsey.


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