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... ' ' 'PAGE Thursday Morning, September 22, lQ2l V ; 7 i t J fV t. .1 1 Published Every Morning Except Monday by VICKERg (iHEHRY, Palatka, Kin. Kntered at the Post Office at Palatka, ria., aa Second Class Mall Matter M. M. V1CKEKS - Ilunlnru Mamir IHMIUB M. OUKIIHY - - tailor Th Management reserves the right o reject all objectionable advertu sents or reading matter. SUBSCRIPTION PRICE On year 16.00 Three months 11.76 ttl months - 3.00 One week .It Payable Invariably In advance VESTKKN ADVHKTINIMi HlOl'HICS Robert E. Ward, i S. Wabash Avenue ChlcaKu, 111. ASTKICV ADVKHTISIMi UIOI'HliS. Robrrt E. Ward, 226 Kitth Avenue New York City Tit: ..i HONE 196 msMliioii of associated l'ltKss The Associated 1'rt-as 1h exclusively entitled to the use for publication of all news dispatches credited to It not otherwise credited In this paper ftnd also the local news published ureln. OCALA ST A It RELENTS. We note with a good deal of satis faction that the Ocala Star is dis posed to see both sides of the con troversy as to the final disposition of the OckTawaha Valley railroad and favors, to an extent, an arrange ment whereby the road will be per mitted to negotiate its obligations to the state satisfactorily and at the same time continue to operate, not only for the accomodation of any manufacturing enterprises that might be on the line but for the large num ber of families on it that are de pendent on it for their daily supplies. In an editorial in its Tuesday issue the Star, with characteristic frank ness, makes the following statement: "A delegation of the people living along the line of the Oklawaha Valley were visitors to the Star Monday aft ernoon. They were a little bit wrathy, and wanted the Star to retract its re marks about "junking" the road. We are not very good at retracting un less we find we are in the wrong but we told these good friends that they could have space in the Star for their own side of the story, and we expect them to send it in, in a short time, and it shall have due eonsidera tion. "In talking to them we were im pressed with the fact that they are up against it, and stopping the trains is a great hardship. The road has teen running to Palatka ten years, and to Burbank, Tort McCoy and Or ange Springs a longer time. So the people have come to depend on it a great deal for the shipping of their produce, logs and ties, which if the t road is suspended will compel them to haul a good many miles further. "That the road has run down, and become little more than a connection between two big systems is the fault of the people of Ocala and Palatka, who didn't give the little road the sup port it needed. The proper help then -would have made the Ocala Northern a strong local road with water con nection at Palatka that would have saved Ocala its worth in freight rates every year But the little road wasn't supported, so it soon dwindled to a convenience for people who wanted to shorten by a few hours the trip be tv.ce.1 the East Coast and Seaboard ra' ways. It finally ran down to the point where it couldn't pay exnon?03. Its manajrers notified those concerned that it was going to quit. The courts ordered its managers to keep on run ning the trains, but when they had no more money to pay the men they stepped anyhow. Then came along the railroad commission and put it in the hands of a receiver, who managed to keep it running by using it in his own business. But he didn't pay his taxes, so the inevitable has happened and the road is nailed down. "Some of this fault is ;ii the head of our always amiable and generally efficient controller, Ernest Amos. If he had come down on the O.V. he;iv. the first year it didn't pay ta.-.es, ;l probably would have paid, and not re peated the offense. But its manage!;-, not without reason, may have thought that if they could get by one year they could get by every year. This action of the controller should have been taken just three years ago. "It Iras been supposed that the road could not meet expenses without the business of the Rodman Lumber Com pany, but Mr. Pillans, auditor of the road, says that of late it has made expenses and a little over. If this , be the case, the parties who have - operated the road the last four years should be compelled to pay its back taxes, and then have it taken out of their hands and put in the charge of a competent man with no strings tied to him and given the power to make it a good local road. It should be run for , the advantage of the people of Ocala and Palatka, and the communities be- J tween. It should run its trains so the , ' people on the line could go to Ocala j tar Palatka early in the morning and have six or at least four hours to stay before going home. "There is a great country along that line, with plenty of fertile land, and if people came in a family or two at a time and settled down to make homes, instead cf coming by hundred?, losing all their money and scrambling oat again, as in the days of the New South Farm & Home Company, they would in a few years build up a fine strip of cultivated country for the road to serve. "But before the people can do this, there is one thing they must do. They must get rid of the idea that because a railroad is a public utility it is com pelled to run at a loss. It isn't . It would be confiscation without compen sation, and that the constitution for bids. It would put the men who worked the road in a state of peon age, and 'that the law also forbids. Several American roads that haven't been paying expenses have been junk ed since the war began, and the O. V. can be done the same way. The men that advanced the means to build the road can by the connivance of the state ot Florida be swindled out of their money, but they can't be com pelled to advance any more. The financial interests of the whole world stand on a foundation of honest credit, and when you abuse it in one place all the rest of the fabric pre pares to prevent you from abusing it again. If you are slick enough, you can swindle a bank out a few hun dred or maybe a few thousand dollars, but you will have to travel a long ways before you can swindle another one. If the Oklawaha Valley is put in the hands of men who the moneyed interests aie certain will make it pay and also pay its past debts, it can obtain money and material to malic it a good road. If it doesn't do this it will lay there until the rails oxidize and the rolling stock disintegrates. "Among the delegation to the Star Monday was one good old brother, who wai worried about the schools. He seei.ied to think that if the rail road was tied up that the schools in (its vicinity would be shut up. Hi1 needn't worry. All of Marion county Jias suffered from the tax dodgers of the Oklawaha Valley, and all the county will hear the loss. As long as the schools of Ocala, Citra, Dunnellon and other places stay open, the schools of Burbank, Fort McCoy and Orange Springs are not going to be shut. The people of that section are having a hard time just now, but let them stand for justice instead of ex pediency and their country shall bloom as a rose. At any rafe, you can still ride the rods at the same old price. JACKSONVILLE CLEANING HOUSE OF HUMAN LICE. For many years the press of the state nas jibed the plodding T.-U. on There is no way to prevent sneed us emulation oi inree monKeys in jng. nerhaDS. but there is a fine all local affairs. It neither sees, hears ' remedy. has only recently discontinued fur nishing to the very element it now at tacks the connecting links between the criminal bookmakers and the race tracks. If the newspapers will dis continue prTnting race track results, as well as entries of horses in the races, bookmaking, one of the worst evils, as practiced by the handbooks, prevailing in Jacksonville today, would soon become extinct. Jacksonville will rid itself of many human parasites if it is able to elimi nate the hand book, pool room gambl ing, lottery schemes, usurious money lenders and boot loggers. FLORIDA MEASURES PROGRESS IN FIGURES. The farm property values, their increase, both in value and ration of productiveness, measure the progress of any state. If we are to accept this with'out debate Florida can lay claim to more progress in the last decade than any state, in the union. Many men have grown independently wealthy in this state within the last few years by buying farm lands and reselling (hem at profits that seemed out of proportion with other things. The same, undoubtedly, may be said several years hence, and leads us to suggest that if more men would de vote their energies and captial to the production of Florida products and development of the farming country the number of independently wealthy men who wrest their gold "clean "handed,"' from the soil will be large ly increased. The total value of all farm proper ty in Florida in 11)0(1, according to the federal census, was $53,929,064. The value of all farm property in the state in 1920, according to the same census bureau, was $3,10,301,717, gain of more than 600 per cent. There are approximately 35,111,040 acres of land in the state, of which only 2,297,271 are in improved farms The census figures also show some more surprising figures. In 1900 the total value of farm implements used in Florida was $1,963,210. In 1920 the total value of implements and machinery was $13,551,773, indicat ing that the Florida farmer is adapt ing improved methods and appliances to his lands with a greater ration of increase than is shown in land values He calls her darling before they are married, but after he has been paying her bills for a while he calls her dear. . There is a growing suspicion that an underselling Germany is about as much of a menace as an overbearing Germany, An English scientist says blonde3 make the best fighters. At any rate they are willing to dye for their country. im. man who isn't affected I1C UiMjr - -- by flattery is the one whose good opinion of himself wakes the flattery seem pale by comparison. A bachelor is satisfied for the same reason that people once were con tent with candles. They had no ex perience of anything better. FRANK FEARNSIDE, JR. OFF TO BUY LADIES SHOE LINE Hint to bridegrooms: Don't hold the purse strings too tight. Parsi mony frequently is the first step this side of alimony, Life is full of disappointments, and the letter marked, "Postage Due, is usually a circular from some darned oil company. When ydu pass a man who wears that proud "and haughtey look, you can't tell whether' he is an office hold er or a head waiter. Most of the thankless iobs in a community are handled by some man who thinks it an honor to be chair man of something or other. A fashion note says blues will be in evidence again this autumn. They will unless the coal men decide to be more reasonable. Frank J. Fearnside, Jr., buyer for the ladies shoe department of the Clnthinir Company, , left yesterday for New York, Boston and Ncwburyport, Mass. He will attend the Newburyport style show in Octo ber. All of the latest creatior.s in ladies footwear will be on disnhy. He will also spend ten days of his time while away in the Hanan & Son shoe school of instruction for fitting the foot. He will purchase a complete line of ladies shoes, in all the high class lines carried by the Fearnside Clothing Company, as well as high grade hosiery. WINNER OF SILVER SET GIVEN AWAY AT MRS. HATTIE N. BUCKY'S STOREE Mrs. Mamie Ponder, holding ticket number 002842 won the beautiful silver set given away yesterday at Miss Hattie N. Bucky's store. Anoth er set will be given away Wednesday September 28, at 4 o clock. A. C GOODRICH wishes to announce that he has opened a first cliiss SIGN PAINTING SHOP At in North First Street and is in position to accommodate his old cus tomers and solicits new business. "When You Think of Signs, Think of GOODRICH" 'IsST EyeS Tested frames ruiea, Lense UrounrJ Palatka and DeLnnd at Die sign Palatka: Hon., Tues., and Wed. DeLand: Triors., Frl and Sal. R. L KNOX, Optornetrisynd Manufacture SEND YOUR JOB PRINTING TO THE NEWS' ROOMS nor, judging from ltr editorial col umns, spoke evil or saw evil insofar as Jacksonville was concerned. It is still painfully .'silent editorially on the local moral conditions which its news columns are exposing. But the fact that Tt. has launched a crusade against the local evils, so flagrantly practiced for many years, in its news columns is a good sign. Sooner or later it may permeate the frozen regions of thp pdltorinl snnftum Jacksonville is making gestures as I e more we read of vers libre if the mark set at the Rubicon has the less we b'anle. the man who Put been reached in crime and abuse and Frequently you find a hyphen in co-operation, but you never find co operation in a hyphen. Everybody knows at least one mar ried man who reminds him of the side car of a .motorcycle. Another good way to encourage fire prevention is to refuse that kind of people insurance. disregard of the law. There have been many incidents pointing to a trend of sentiment against immoral con ditions recently, and not the :t-. of these is the outspoken manner in which the T.-U. is attempting to show up the gambling, loitering, usury, swindling and ' delinquency generally of the community except bootlegging. This may come later. No doubt the entire state will ap plaude the Time-Union for its sud den awakening, although it may ftill be in the memory of many that it the vers in adversity. They have to marry in haste now to get through with the ceremony before the divorce proceedings start. It frequently happens that when a man thinks he is confessing his sins he is only bragging. Speaking of uppercuts and the like,! the blow that gets more goats than any other is the blow-out. . I y Mrs. Tillman's Showing of Fall and Winter Millinery I invite your inspection of -Correct Fall and Winter Millinery, Wednesday and Thursday, September 28th and 29th. 1 ii i Mil 01 .. Fine feathers may not make a fine bird, but they seem to make a fine argument when mixed with tar. When the Pay Envelope Comes Around Whatjdo yondcwith the money that's in it ? Youhave expenses, of course, but what do yo do'with the residue ? You have pleasures, of course every one needs them but surely your pleasures cannot cost you the balance of your weekly stipend ? The most seniible thing a young person can do is to start a savings account, however small. The sensation of knowing thi;t your money is earning money is vastly better than the thought that you are living right njp to your income. Let this week be the wri l ou open an account. S 1.00 will start Fort it!)' your way. ' East Florida Savings & Trust Company mstabusheo iaee.' (Palatka, Florida I laHaBBHK SPECIAL ONE WEE ONLY offered , mLic !! ,S k 1 ,0'fer.,S ""V15' 0fer " hav! m of It by calling on us m I el 1 ' """ y0U W,U ,ake adva",aC Victrola Eighty . . One Hundred Dollars Victro aNmety - One Hundred and Twenty-Five Victrola Hundred . 0e Hundred and Fifty We carry ,he largest stock of records in this section of Florida The Chas. E. Rowton Co. Palatka, Florida ii f .'i . 1