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Vol. 1, No. 8. OC ALA, FLORIDA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1918 5 Cents Per Copy a $. it a EE AM 0 WILEY BURFORD The world's greatest war has been going on almost four years. During tend the high school program and to the third year the United States en-jhelP fa -e sien T?7 51" S very much and hope they can come tered. Official reports have come to j again. us of the conditions existing among! eighth grades gave a joint the warring nations, and of the hid-program iast Friday. It was a patri eous crimes committed by the armies i tic program and was as follows of the Central Powers. But these re-j patriotic medley, Over There, ports did not awaken us to the reality j Goodby Broadway, Hello France! of these truths until Saturday, when j Keep the Home Fires Burning! the tragic news came of Lieut. Wiley j School. II. Burford's death. All .hearts were f Pageant saddened. Every face revealed the in- j Columbus ... ..... . .Lawson Cassels nermost feelings of each person. Such j inian . ......... . . Jack Williams pamos was inis revelation mai tongue nor pen can express it. The sad news of their son's death came to Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Barford about 4:30, when they received the following message from the war de partment: "Washington, Feb. 16, 1918." "R. A. Burford, Ocala, Fla.: "Deeply regret to inform you that j it is officially reported that Second jStar Spangled Banner". . . . . .School Lieutenant Wiley H. Burford, field j Two girls of 1812 Inez Vaughn artillery, died of a bullet wound Feb-i Lincoln's Gettysburg Address ...... ruary 14, 1918. ; "McCain. j .................... Jack Camp "Adjutant General." ; Iciara Barton .... Nannie Lou Watson No detailed information has yet j Grant . . . . . . ... . . .Moultrie Thomas been obtained. It is not knowniLee .-;,.,.. ...Alfred Meadows whether he received his wourd on the j Susan BrAnVhony .'.'. . :Juanita Lytle 14th or prior to that time. But it is Frances Willard... . . .. ..Irene Cam known that he died a noble death, the Hoover . . .... . . . . . . . . .Joe Smedley death of a brave soldier on the bat- ! wnSOn Guy Lane tlefield of France. . j Drill .......... . " ". . . . ". Boy Souts Lieutenant Wiley H. Burford was ' xhe Americans Come". . . , . ... . . . born October 31, 1893, in Ocala. He . Wilfred Harold was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. ; prayer yerse School R. A. Burford. His days of youth he pedge and Salute. "'.! ! " . . !school spent here. Among the grauates of e The B section of the eighth grade whom the Ocala High School delights had a half-holiday last Friday. They to boast his name stands out promi-are getting as many as possible this nent. After finishing here, he went to ;year, because they will be deprived of Princeton and graduated there with "them next year. honors in the class of 1916. Choos- The following is a poem written by ing law for his vocation, he took up a n eighth grade student: that course in the University of Flor-j , Soldier Over There T ida. Before the close of the term he Though ocean separates us, finished the junior year in order that ; And we are far apartr he might begin officer's training at Though your sweet face I've given up, Fort McPherson, ' There he received j-I'll always keep your heart. his -commission assecond lieutenant, fvlien the golden sun was setting,- and was then sent to France. After t And we went to bid adieu, arriving there, he went to a. field ar-Do vou thinks my darling, ever, tillery school. When he completed his ; coarse there he went into active serv ice with the field artillery. The regi ment in which he was stationed was the second to fire on the enemy. Here this noble youner man gave his life that nations might live. V 1 A T Lieutenant Burford was" rn ideal man. one of whom his home town, his j delicious- things of corn meal which we county, his state, the nation and even like as well as wheat. , r the world can be proud. As a man ; The eighth grades are very happy he was an examnle fox others to fol- over the thought that they are to re low. The history of how he lived and jceive diplomas if they pass. We have died is one that shouli be rend bv 'all resolved to work twice as hard and younger boys.. His life was clean, up- make our class have the best record right and pureV He was brav? and f yet made) , ::s. 5 courageous, daring always to o the j We like out-door work, and the ag right and shirk the wrong. HV, was j riculture classes are looking forward a man of keen intellect, canaMe of to having a school garden. judsring between the right and wrong, i His short life as a soldier proved i WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY SUP that he was iust such. a soldier as he! PER AND DANCE was a man. The time of supreme test! . came with him: the voice of duty i The Lake Weir Yacht Club cele called, he went. He sacrificed all that i brated the birthday of "The Father he" possessed " to secure human free- iof Our Country" last Friday night dom to vindicate the rules of human ity and laws of God. He, following the example of . Christ, laid down his life that others might live. Greater sacrifice can no man make. ' - ' Letter of Sympathy The following letter from the law college of the University of, Florida, cheered the hearts 'of the bereaved: Gainesville, Feb. 18, 1918. Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Burford, Ocala, Florida: Dear Mr. and Mrs. Burford: We learn with unexpressible sadness of the death of your son, Lieutenant Wiley H. Burford, in action in France. He was the first of our law students, so far as we know, to lay down his life for his country. In an unusual way we came to love him, for in tellectually, socially and morally, he was the highest type of American manhood. Our deepest sympathy goes out to 'you in your bereavement. May the Author of All Life sustain youfson, Hansel Leavengood; Leonard nnfl mnv vmi find rrvnsnlnfin-n in i-nt j vTthought that you had such a son to give to the cause of freedom and hu manity. Harry R. Trusler, " Walter L. Summons, Clifford W. Crandall, Faculty of the College of Law; University of Florida. Mrs. Todd: "Now, Leonard, come in early tonight: won't you?" Leonard: "Yes, mother, as soon a? Anne Benton will let me go." Eighth Grade News The eighth gTades went into the study hall Thursday morning to at- ......,..!;... Jolm Smith . .. . . . .... . Frank Cotton Pocahontas . . .... . . . Maudie Blalock Scene from "Miles Standish" Priscilla . . . . . . . I. Edith Edward3 John Alden .... I ...... . William Ruff Miles Standish. ...... . .Frank Rentz Patrick Henry. ..... .Harry Holcomb Washington . . . . . . . . . .Harold Smith Martha Washington. . . .Alma Priest tpf5PV Pnss ....... Olive Whalev Of those words I said to you ? Remember me in friendship, Remember me in love; i Remember me, dear sweetheart, And we shall meet above. Marie Robertson. :S Hoover isn't worrying over our j cooking class at all. We are making at its club house. Long tables were set in the reception hall, where over a hundred plates were served with sup per.? At six o'clock. everyone was seated. Vases of beautiful pink roses adorned each table. After a bountiful spread, the tables were removed and the dance began. The dancers gave up the floor for a while to Mr. Good win, a former commodore of the club, whose address was thoroughly enjoy ed. The L. D. D.'s. and a number of other young people of Ocala enjoyed with the club. members, their celebra tion. They were: Misses Ellen Strip ling, Sara Dehon, Callie Gissendaner, Miriam Connor, Sidney Perry, Louise and Lourine Spencer, Ethel and Eliz- abeth Home, Anne Benton Fuller, Kit Davis, Dorothy Klock, Theo and Vir ginia Beckham ; Messrs. Charles Du val, Robert Hall, Mortimer Goodwin, Julian Rentz, Charles Carnahan, Har old Klock, Tom Wallis, Leonard Wes- Todd, Wellie Meff ert, Paul Brinson and Robert Blake With unexpressible sorrow have we learned that Mr. Henderson passed physical examination. We do .not in tend to wish him ill, but we just re gret that he will, perhaps, have to leave Ocala before school closes. He certainly is an apt man, and applies himself diligently to his work and duties. Uncle Sam will be fortunate in numbering him among the other "khaki-clad lads." Red Cross Play Mrs. Briggs of the Poultry Yard The Temple was packed February 14, both upstairs and down, when "Mrs. . Briggs of the Poultry Yard" was put on by local talent, under the direction of Mrs. Allie Van Davis. . Mrs. Davis herself took the leading role of Mrs. Briggs, successfully man aging and providing for her four fatherless children. Although Mr. Briggs was not an evil man, "for he went to church once in an year," he did not raise the social environment of Mrs. Briggs, so she had to be as optimistic as she could and look Ton the bright side of things for the children's sake." The happiest time of her life since Mr. Briggs' death was the realization of making a fortune by hatching ten thousand chickens from an "insulator." When this was done and her two sons "made good," "Ma's" happiness was complete. Lucile Gissendaner, a member of the Sophomore class, with Catherine Strunk, of the class of 1917, took the parts of Alvira and Melissa,- Mrs. Briggs' careless and care-free daugh ters. They were "perfectly natural" in their acting and as any child would do "take a two-bit tip" when it's of fered them. Wellie Meffert starred as the "black sheep" of the family in the first act, but we found a great reformation in his character when he "got religion" and hung out the clothes. Wellie was inspired to make a "man" of himself when he laid eyes on Daisy, a most charming young lady, who was a well-to-do friend of his mother. Daisy was characterized by one of the 1918 Seniors, Pearl Fausett. No one in the whole audience could blame Wellie for falling in love with the "beauti ful" damsel, but everyone wanted Wellie to feel a little more at home in the -love scene for he knew, she was going to say "yes," as they rehearsed the scene ' the preceding afternoon. Beatrice Boney as Virginia, was the daughter of r Mr. Lee- Dv- B. Mayo), who left the home- of her wealthy father because he objected to her associating with Ralf Briggs (Niel Ferguson). As the play pro gressed Ralf became the hero. He went to the city and became a suc cessful 1 business man. On returning home he found his mother's poultry farm rapidly moving to success. Here, too, he found his sweetheart, Virginia awaiting his return. ' The role of Mrs. O'Connor, , Mrs. Briggs' sharp-tongued but good hearted neighbor, was cleverly taken by Caroline Borden of the Sophomore class. Her costume was rich, and her brogue excellent. Caroline has often entertained her school mates with dialect pieces at school, but never be fore has she made such a "hit" be fore the public. . : f Silas Green's character was taken by Mr. J. J. Gerig. As usual, Mr. Gerig was splendid. He "backed up" Mrs. Briggs' ppultry farm and was very, amusing when he feared that the widow was going to propose to him. After returning from the city, Silas was explaining a machine which would hatch out money. He said he put in three dollars and the man said, "When it's hatched, 111 forward the hatching to you." . Do you suppose he ever got the three dollars ? . . Miss Alice Bullock as stuttering Mandy Bates became the bride of Silas Green. She looked quite fetching in her wedding dress, a cook apron and her bridal veil, a lace curtain. GATTY SELLARS TONIGHT After repeated requests the world famed English organist-composer, Gatty Sellars, is visiting the United States for a limited period, and will play at the Methodist church again this evening. This famous organist delighted his audience at the Metho dist church last evening, and many who attended then will no doubt be present this evening. At the moment of mobilization of the army Mr. Sellars was playing in : Germany, whero the Weite-Mignon company were recording his perform-, ances on their perforated rolls for after reproduction on their Philhar monic organs. He returned immed iately to England and was requested to complete the contract at New York city, meanwhile being the first or ganist in England to be recorded by the Columbia Graphophone company. 'This is therefore a unique opportu nity to hear this famous artist in the same original organ compositions, performed for such "recording" wrhere it is interesting to note Paderewski had previously been engaged to- ren der some of his pianoforte work. Jokes "Pen"-itentiary Name Guest: "What is the name of that intelligent-looking prisoner?" Guard: "No. 2206." Guest: "How funny; of course, it's not his real name?" Guard: "Oh, no, Miss, just his 'pen name." Ex. T Miss Mays: "Who can explain what is meant by a frugal life?" Francis T.: "Eatin' fruit." Who Borrows Them Miss Doke: "How many days are there in one year?" Lamar B.: "Three hundred and twenty-five." Miss Doke: "Why Lamar, know there are three hundred sixty-five." Lamar B.: "No, ma'am; you forty days are lent (Lent)." you and set Shakespeare's Blunder Miss W.: "Yes, indeed, Shakespeare was a very wonderful man." Reggie MacKay: "Do you think he was as clever as Robert Burns?" , Miss W.: "Why, there's no compar ison between them." Reggie: "Well. . one thing about Burns, he wouldn't write such junk as 'Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.' " Miss W.: "Nonsense, Reggie." Reggie: "You're right, it's non sense, all right. Burns would have known better than to write of a king or queen either, going to bed with a crown on. He would have said they hung it over the back of a chair." Modest A high school boy was in the mar ket the other night buying some steak, when in walked a newly-wed bride, very shy and modest. It was her first visit to the local market. "What would you like, madam?" inquired the.- butchers- The young lady knew r what she wanted, but how could she say it? "I think, you might send me er-a-er-a nice limb of lamb," she finally managed to say. Miss Mays; "Louise, I'm surprised that you don't know when Columbus discovered America. What does the heading of the week's lesson read?" Louise: "Columbus 1492." Miss Mays: "Well, isn't that plain enough? Didn't vou ever see that be fore?" , Louise: "Yes'm, yes'm, but I al ways thought it was his . telephone number." Miss Pitchford: "Decline ego, Dun can." Duncan: "I can't." Miss P.: "You had, better open your book and learn, for during this fuel shortage blockheads are in great danger." , Miss W.: "Sam Phillips, make a sentence using the word 'notwith standing.' " . Sam: "My father wore out the seat of his trousers but not with stand ing." Mr. H.: "Reuben, what is a vacu um?" Reuben: "I have it in my head but I can't express it." Miss W.: "Walter Hardin, tell what 'ous' means." Walter: "I don't know. What?" Miss W.: "It means full of." Walter: "Then pious means full of pie,' doesn't it?" Reuben: "Mr. Henderson, why was the law of gravity passed?" Mr. H.: "Why are rings around a coon's tail?" Miss Pitchford: "Robert, get into your desk immediately." Robert: "Miss Pitchford. I am afraid that I will be very much cramped." Beatrice B. (reciting on Ben Jon son): "For a while he drove hacks." The class laughed. But Beatrice "backed up" her statement with: "The book said that he did hack work." Ebbie Hugh: "Mr. Henderson, is it harmful to the nerves to be embar rassed?" - Mr. H.: "Yes." Ebbie Hugh: "Well, I don't know my lesson, so don't call on me, for you might embarrass me." Musical Program "Music hath charms to sooth the savage breast." All who heard the delightful musical program given by the high school last Thursday morn ing would testify to this statement. Under Miss Porter's directions the -students gave the program in compli ment to the members of the board of the Florida Federation of Woman's clubs. Lovely little programs were design ed for this occasion, painted with the beautiful club flower, the red poinsetia and on the cover was this very ap propriate quotation: "The public, school should lay the foundation of morals, and music is clearly recog nized as one of the moral forces by all the students of sociology." Before the first number of the pro gram was given, Miss Porter intro duced Mrs. Edgar Lewis, president of the Florida Federation of the Wom an's club, who made a short talk, in which she paid special tribute to Mrs. Hocker for having done so much to, put music in the school. Mrs. Hocker was then introduced and especially, did she pay compliments to Miss Por ter for the excellent instruction that" she was giving to the students. Fol lowing is the program that was pre pared: Selection Orchestra. Hymn, "Come Thou Almighty King" School. Prayer School. Story of the Star-Spangled Banner Van Ferguson. Flag Salute. Song, Star-Spangled Banner School. Life of Stephen Foster Marguer ite Edwards. Old Kentucky Home Glee Club. . Old Folks at Home School. 'Story of America Reginald Mac Kay. Song, America School. Song, Carry Me Back to Old Vir ginia Quartet. Hymn; My Faith Looks Up to Thee1 Quartet. Medley, Popular Patriot's Airs School. Ocala High School Song School. Each number of the program was excellent, but the mixed quartet com. posed of Anna Belle Wesson, Pearl Fausett, Harold Klock and Robert Blake deserves special praise. These-. students show unusual ability, which ; is being developed by Miss Porter. NECESSARY APPARATUS FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS , Believing that playground appar atus is an important part of the" equipment of a school, the teachers of the primary school have used all available funds for the past year in procuring the apparatus. suitable for children of primary school age; and now they have on the playground, two giant strides, two see-saws, and a slide. Added to these in the near future will be a rocking board and several horizontal bars. These have all been procured without cost to the board or the patrons, the principal part having been derived from the premiums won at the Marion County Fair. Primary children have not reached the age when organized games are desirable. When the "gang" spirit develops at about the age of twelve, replacing the spirit of egoism found in the younger children, organized games have their place. Before this time, there is a tendency so strong' as to be characterized as an in stinct, toward the use of muscular apparatus which prompts the teacher who realizes that the instinctive basis must be recognized in the child's education, to urovide this apparatus, and so not only furnishes a pleasant and healthful form of amusement, but to contribute also to the education and growth of the child. A small library of books that are easy for little children to read is another part of the equipment of the school that is greatly appreciated. By giving to the pupils the best books, ideals in reading find a begin ning; the reading habit is encourag ed, and the pupils gain power in get ting and expressing thought. Credits for home reading are given, and num bers of children in the second and third grades have read several books since the beginning of school. Be loyal and subscribe for the En sign. If you don't get a copy every week you are a slacker. If you don't get a copy you should not muster up courage to borrow your neighbor's paper.