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VOL. 21. OCALA FuORID, T 0 ESDI Y, FEBRUARY 24, 1914 NO. 44 I i "7 1 SiPEi JUDGMENT AGAINST SPEER Until the Truth or Falsity of the Charges Against Him Has Been Established Macon, Ga., Feb. 24. Positive de nial that he has ever been guilty of official misconduct during the twenty-nine years he held office, is made by Federal Judge Emory Speer, of the southern district of Georgia, in a brief submitted to the congressional committee, which recently investigat ed charges against the jurist. This inquiry was directed by the house committee on judiciary after formal charges against Judge Speer were submitted to that body. Sessions ex tending over two weeks were held by the investigating committee in Macon and Savannah, at the close of which Judge Speer was given permission to submit a reply to the accusations lodged against him. In the brief Judge Speer reiterates declarations made as a witness before the commit tee and answers in detail many of the charges made against him by other witnesses. While the original document was delivered to Representative Webb, of North Carolina, yesterday, the con tents of the brief were not made pub lic for the first time. It contained more than three hundred printed pages. Before answering the specific charged made against him, Judge Speer, in his brief, denies ac cusations that he was ever guilty of being tyrannical, dictatorial, parti san and arbitrary while on the bench. In submitting this denial the jurist sumbits photographic copies of let ters from several legal organizations of Georgia, other bodies and promi nent persons endorsing him for ap pointment to the United States court of appeals. Referring to the Jamison habeas corpus case, in which he was reversed by the United. States supreme court, Judge Speer holds that the case was not reversed on its merits, but be cause the plaintiff had not exhausted his remedies in the state courts. Charges that the estates of Col. W.A. Huff of Macon, was. unfairly held in bankruptcy and its assets dis sipated by him, are answered by the counter-claim that the property final ly was sold for $31,000 more than Col. Huff claimed it was worth. Judge Speer submits statistics in tended to show that he conducted bankruptcy cases carefully and eco nomically. He denies that bank ruptcy admission in his district was so expensive for creditors that they were willing to battle on almost any terms rather than go into his court. Says He Saved the Central Road The jurist replies to the accusa sation that he wrecked the Central of Georgia railroad in 1892 by an alleged "midnight order" throwing it into bankruptcy ? by the assertion that he salved the road from being absorbed by the Richmond and Dan ville railroad. Judge Speer denies that he ever committed an illegal act with regard to drawing juries and claims that his every action is sanctioned by the federal statutes governing the con duct of judges. In reply to nepotism charges in volving A. H. Hayward, his son-in-law, and member of the law firm of Tallv & Havward, the jurist flatly asserts that such accusation are un true and says that the appointments in every case were made by the ref eree in bankruptcy. He adds that Improved . Farms from 20 to 500 Acres. Unimproved Farm Lands from 5 to 1,000 Acres. he never ruled on a case where the fee was contingent. k The brief says "certain individ uals have given, testimony that Judge Speer's decisions were unfair It will be an easy matter to turn to the record and precisely locate the occasion and cause for the calumni ty and discover that every import--ant detractor and representative of evils which it had been the purpose of congress to annul." SHATTERED RECORDS ' III CHICAGO Worst Storm in the Windy City Last Night that has Been Felt This Winter Chicago, Feb. 24. Four persons are dead from the effects of the se vere day. Plate glass windows in the downtown retail stores were broken and signs were torn from their fastenings by the gale that ac companied the storm in its eastward march. The mercury stood at 10 degrees above zero at noon and last night was the coldest of the winer. Chicago felt the blizzard first yes terday afternoon, when several in ches of snow fell and was immedi ately piled jnto big drifts by the high winds that prevailed. Trains bound in all directions from here are badly delayed. For the first time this win ter the harbor is ice-bound. The northern section of Montana, from where the blizzard came, re ports 40 degrees below zero this morning. All wires to the west are working .badly, heavy coatings of sleet and snow over the country just west of the Mississippi having brok- en nearly every wire. The storm jextends far to the south, and almost unprecedented drops in temperature are reported from Oklahoma and Kansas. 1 ENGLAND Will NOT INTERVENE British Government Declines to Fly Into Rage Over the Murder of Benton London, Feb. 24. "The pacifica tion of Mexico is an object that we honestly desire to see accomplished, but it is impossible to effect it by British intervention. We do not in tend to make any attempt of that character, which would be both fu tile and impolitic." This is the attitude of the British foreign office as outline 1 yesterday in the House of Commons by Francis Dyke Acklani, parliamentary under secretery for foreign affairs, "after full consideration of the series of victimization of British subjects in Mexico, culminating in the removal of William S. Eenton by Villa at Juarez. I I ir vrvT crnu -tl i j i n ecu PATRIOTS, AFTKR ALL Contractors in Heathen .Japan Ready to Steal from the Gov ernment as American Christians as . Tokio, Feb. 24. Three prominent Japanese contractors furnishing sup plies to the navy have been arrested cn charges of bribery. The arrests indicate that the naval scandals brought to light through relations of a naval attache in Berlin with a Ger- man contracting firm will prove i more extensive than first suspected, 1 Discussion of the subject led to a serious commotion in the House of ! Representatives jesterday. Korehiro Kurahara, a deputy well known in the United States and Europe read a ' letter in which high officials of the to SW't 1 2? i VTti '-:-- ' I. 1 a mm 1 MfJv v i &&&& ORANGE GROVE ON SILVER RIVER WE ARE NOW IN MhIMTPTCT With an Attractive FLORIDA CENTRAL LAND Japanese government were named and which alleged that they had 1 been guilty of amassing wealth by ' graft. I Kurahara refused to disclose the name of the writer of the letter. He was thereupon ordered to appear be fore a committee of the house for punishment. ROMANCE AIID REALITY Written in Reams by the Prose Bard of the Ocklawaha and Silver Rivers Silver Springs, Feb. 24. The "Daylight" yacht City of Ocala, Cap tain Frank E. Mathews, is due in port at sun-down on all odd days; sails from Silver Springs for Palat-1 ka at 8 a. m. on'all even days; and docks in the deep water city, "Gem City," at 5 p. m. on same days she crui-ses from Blue Roads.- The Hart Line steamer Hiawatha, Captain Harris, docks here at noon on all even days of the week; steams at 2 p. m. same days; puts in Palat ka at crack of the day on all odd davs. mam The Mills Steamboat Line, Sharp Shooter, Captain E. L. Mills, with freight, steams from Silver Springs for Paiatka, via Xorwalk, Tuesday at 2 o'clock in the afternoon; due in Eureka same day at 8 p. m., and in Paiatka on Wednesday late in the af ternoon; cruises from Paiatka at noon Thursday and arrives here again Saturday forenoon ; then steams for Ocklawaha river stations. The Hart Liner Okeehumkee which broke down just above Con nor a week ago and was tied up at the orange grove for a week was manned by a Hart Line crew in the foreweek and steamed for Paiatka where she was docked and as Okee humkee the II she passed over into -"-! til OUR NEW OFFICE MAOMMM List of Real Estate. Sea Haven. The famous Hart Line will resurrect the Okeehumkee and she will be known as Okeehumkee III. Long live the staunch and pala tial Okeehumkee. ".' The tug boat Oregonian III, Cap tain 'Mason, has returned from Pa iatka to which point 6he towel a raft of pine timber from the Oklawa ha river forest. , - j The Ervine D, a visiting yacht is In port. The Ervine D was one of the vessels which a few days ago ably assisted the Sharp Shooter in taking off the passengers from the Okeehumkee and transporting them to Silver Springs. ' The Oklawaha River Farm's dredge, Captain Clarence White, Is in the canal digging on the Tiger Den end, in the country where the Little Ocklawaha runs purple. The tender Oregonian, Captain Dillon Long, is near the dredge at Muck land. The Wanderer, Captain Jordan, is at Brooke reservation. .' The Isabel, the Luna, the Louie on the Orange Creek and Fort Warren, the Queen Bee, the Oregon ian II and the Royal Buck are in port. The Anna is at Connor. The Lo tus at Electra and the Tuscawilla at Eureka. The yacht City of Ocala left Sun day for Green Cove Springs with an excursion party and returned to Pa iatka in the late afternoon. m The Hiawatha was due to dock Tuesday at noon and to steam, at 2 p. m. Tourists and Ocalans The speed yacht City of Ocala, Captain Frank E. Mathews, which sails from Silver Springs at 8 a. m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays, docks in Paiatka at 5 p. m. same days, and the Clyde Liner, Osceola or the City of Jacksonville from Pa iatka that night at 10 o'clock for Jacksonville and arrives in the me tropolis at crack of day next morn ing. Mr. W. Romane Fisher, traveling agent for the Hart Line, is in South Florida. The Hart Line's literature is of high art and the booklets and hearts are displayed on the peninsu la and in the north most liberally. The morning and evening meals and lunches served on board the palatial Hart liners and the day light vessels touch the palate to all good things that it ever wants for, and this rich boat food is sent by the steward in such heaping plenty that the travelers' eyes -bulge and thei' waist bands are loosened; for they are on the Oklawaha. The vessels on the raging Oklawaha are known around the world for their splendid menus. Master Carl Mason of the City of Ocala, who is one of the chroniclers of the Sharpshoter's log "book, sent in a few extracts from the City of Ocala's log book, and in them he noted that the vessel made her reg ular schedule and that she listed on the register more passengers than the week before. On the Oklawaha This is the forty-fifth season for the famous Hart Line and the third season for the Daylight line, and the fifty-fourth season for the freight line. This wonderful, unique and ro mantic trip up and down the beau- (Continued on Page Five) Orange Groves from 5 to 50 Acres that will pay from 20 to 40 per cent, on Investment. ST CO. FAMOUS MEN Itl SOUTHERN FLORIDA Ford, Edison - and Burroughs Revel ing -Among Fort Myers Fruits and Flowers Jacksonville, Feb. 24. After spending Sunday pleasantly in Jack- sonville, Thomas A. Edison, of Or ange, N. J., the electrical, wizard; Henry Ford, of Detroit, the noted automobile manufacturer, and John Burroughs ,the famous naturalist, left yesterday for Fort Myers, where they will sojourn for the balance of the season, at Mrs. Edison's hand some winter home. .Mr. Edison and Mr. Ford arrived from New York over the Atlantic Coast Line, and were joined later in the day -by (Mr. Burroughs who came direct from his winter home at Grif fin, Ga. Mr. Burroughs also has a winter home at Orange Park, near Jacksonville, and he made a short trip to that point yesterday, spend ing several pleasant hours with his friend, Mr. Xixon Waterman, the well known author. Mr. Ford was entertained during: the day by L. C. Oliver, the local distributor for the Ford automobile factory in this territory. Mr. EdfSon stated that the party expected to remain in Florida about six weeks, most of which time wilk be devoted to fishing and hunting. !Mrs. Edison, Miss M. , Edison, Charles and Theodore 'Edison, of Or ange, N. J., as well as Mrs. Ford, Edsell Ford, of Detroit, .Miss Bogen and iMiss Kunz, of New York, were members of the party. SUCCESSOR TO HIS HONORED SIRE: Stetson Junior Remains at the Head of DeLand's Great School DeLand, Feb. 24. The trustees of John B. Stetson University held their regular annual session Thurs day afternoon, and the usual presen tation day exercises were held at the auditorium Friday. At the meeting' of the trustees the officers for the? following year were elected and are as follows: President, John B. Stetson, Jr.; vice president, H. B. Stevens; secre tary, Silas B. Wright; treasurer, Lincoln Hulley. Administration com mittee; Dr. Lincoln Hulley, J. B. Conrad, E. L. Hon, II. B. Stevens, S. A. Wood, Countess Santa Eaula Iia and Silas B. Wright. The treasurer's and burser's state ments showed the university to be in excellent financial condition and en tirely out of debt with a balance in the treasury. LAKE WEIR W. C. T. U. The following program was ren dered under the auspices of the Christian citizenship department, at the Weirsdale school, Feb. 20th,. 1914, .Mrs. J. F. Sigmon, Christian citizenship superintendent, being In charge: ' Song, "America." Invocation; Rev. J. A. Logan. Inauguration of George Washing' ton, read by Mrs. Reed. Exercises of children, each one carrying an article of common use that Washington never, had. Yells given by L. T. L. Address by Rev. Logan. Salute to flag by school children. . The children were well trained by their teacher. Miss Cora Murray, and were presented with buttonleres tied with white ribbon by the union. i Benediction, Rev. Logan. Photos were taken of all present by .Mrs. Gregory. Minnie D. Albertson, Press Superintendent.