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OCALA EVENING STAfc, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1918
OCALA EVENING STAR
Published Every Day Except Snrndmy by
STAR PUBLISHING COMPANY,
OF OCALA, FLA.
R. It. Carroll, Preoldeat
P. V. LeaTengjood, Secretary .Treasurer
J. II. Beajamla, Editor
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A heartache doesn't hurt so much if
there is no humiliation in it. '
What has become of the Duval
county wet or dry campaign?
The St. Cloud Herald, S. J. Triplett
editor, is certainly a warm little
If Hindenburg said he would be in
Parii April first, it shows the old man
has a sense of humor. It was his
idea of an April fool.
Along with a great deal of error
and foolishness, J. Fred de Berry's
"Florida Cracker" makes a semi
occasional sensible remark.
The brave, the generous, the self
sacrificing men and women of this
world must pay for the sins of the
cowardly, the indulgent and the stingy-
The Hun will not bleed France
white, but the soul of the hero nation
grows whiter and whiter in the fierce
heat of war. It may be so with
Some ardent advocates of equal
suffrage are declaring 1 that a vote
against it in the Senate is a vote for
Germany. They do not strengthen
their cause by making such a foolish
The traitor Lafollette still holds
down his seat in the Senate; the
other senators seeming afraid to push
the investigation against him. We
will say this much for our Catts if
he was in the Senate, we believe he
would go after LaFollette's scalp, i
We heard a good and consistent
union man say, the other day, that he
thought union men the country over
had, better suspend their battle with
capital until the war is over... As we
know he needs an increase in -wages
as much as any man, we commend
his sentiments to hi3 co-wprkers.
A- gentleman; speaking of "the
straits to which Germans are report
ed to be reduced, remarked 'that the
South was passing thru a - similar
ordeal sixty-four years ago, and that
tne outn was also being damned by
the outside world.' Yes, but the paral
lel ends there. The South was misun
derstood Germany . isn't.
Yellow jasmines are in bloom. Peo-
nlf rirWvtr nut rr pnn-ntw raAa
see many bunches of the fragrant
blossoms, shining like splotches of de
tached sunshine in the forests and
swamps. It is said that there never
is a severe frost after the jasmines
bloom. We will soon find out if
there is truth in the saying.
Willian Dean Howells and William
J. Bryan have both been, in" Miami
this winter. Bryan, as; usual, . lias
made considerable splurge, but How
ells was so unobstrusive that, the
newspapers did not know he .was in
town until he was about to leave. Yefc
there is little doubt that Howells'
name will live many years after Bry
an is forgotten. .
American beauty roses tied up with
a dirty string and shipped in a shoe
box ne'er won fair lady, which, is
something to think about when order
ing your private or business station
ery. St. Augustine Record. . "
In. connection with this, it is also
well to thing to remember that the
Record and the Star both have good
stocks of stationery and . competent
While making a pop call to Ocala
Monday we heard an itinerant preach
er of some, new and fantastic belief
heralding the fact he 1 could show
"where Cain got his wifeV We hast
ened by on account of business know
ing probably Brother Benjamin of the
Star might have caught the answer
and would give one of his original and
appreciated opinions in connection
therewith. Bronson Times-Democrat.
We don't see any use in being in
terested in another man's wife, espe
cially when she has been dead for
fif ty-ejght centuries. '
The iron of war for the first time
really entered Ocala's soul late Saturday-afternoon
when it became
known that Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Bur
ford had received a telegram from
the war department announcing the
death of their son, Wiley, on the bat
tle front in France.
The dispatch was received about
4:30 p. m., and said:
"Washington, Feb. 16, 1918.
"R. A. Burford, Ocala, Fla.:
"Deeply regret to inform you that
it is officially reported that Second
Lieutenant Wiley H.'- Burford, field
artillery, died of a bullet wound, Feb
ruary 14, 1918. McCain,
At the time the news came in, the
sidewalks and stores around the pub
lic square were thronged with the
usual Saturday afternoon crowd,
rather larger and more lively than
for months, for many of the , high
school students and their guests from
Gainesville had come down town after
the basket ball game. The news went
from lip to lip around the business
center almost as swiftly" as fire fol
lows a train of powder. It took the
smile off every, face, many women
and girls broke into tears and the men
looked deeply concerned, for the brave
young soldier, his parents, brothers
and sisters are all very dear to the
people of our city.
Lieutenant Burford is the first
Ocala soldier in the American army
to fall in battle on the French front.
He was a brave and skilled young of
ficer, and. his death is a loss to the
nation as well as to his family and
! Wiley Burford was the second son
of Mr. and Mrs. .R. A. Burford and
was" born in Ocala October 31st, 1893.
He passed his childhood and boyhood
here, and graduated from the Ocala
high school. He then went to Prince
ton University, where he .graduated
with honors, class of 1916, He chose
the profession of law, intending to
practice with his able and. honored
father, and entered the law depart
ment of the University of Florida at
Gainesville. ; He completed his junior
course m law before the close of the
term in order to enter the first offl
cers' training camp at Fort McPher
son. : : "" -
At the University of Florida he
was a member of the Florida debat
ing team ' which won against both
South - Carolina and Tennessee. He
was a member of Kappa Alpha (No.
IV.) and won one of the prizes offer
ed jin the law college. He held mem
berships in the1 Serpent's Ribbon So
ciety, the ' John 1 ' Marshall ' Debating
Society, and the Cooley Club. He was
honored with the ' presidency of the
junior law class, and did honor to the
At Fort McPherson he received his
commission as second lieutenant, and
was' immediately sent to France." His
first assignment' in foreign service
was in a -field artillery school of in
struction, "somewhere in France." On
completing this course with favorable
recommendations for promotion, ha
was assigned for active duty with the
Field Artillery, - American - Expedi
tionary Forces. The regiment to which
he was attached is one in the regular
army which had already been to the
front,8 in fact, that particular battery
had been the first to 5 take up a posi
tion at the front, and the second to
fire on n the enemy.
At least ' ten days: must elapse be
fore anyt detailed information will be
available, but it is probable that he re
ceived his -death - wound 1 in the fight
ing either of the 14th or'of the pre
ceding day, or two when it was re
ported that the American artillery
was being used with good effect on
the j German - lines. v His "career ended
early, but' even in that little time he
made 'it worth while."
Lieutenant Burford was one of the
youngs men 'of ' whom this nation can
feel proud. A highly intelligent, clean
living,' brave and courageous young
man, no one of his years held a higher
place in? the esteem of the people of
his home city or of those who knew
him elsewhere. He was a type of the
officers of America's new army. -He
did not want war and did not aspire
to the life of a soldier. His5 inclinations
and training were toward a life of
peace " and order. But he saw his
duty and he went to meet it. He was
a volunteer; and he has laid down his
young life for the greatest of causes.
May his life; and r death be an inspir
ation for those whose feet are slow
to enter the pathway of duty and
; He died for ' America ; he died for
France;' he died for right and justice
and the welfare of the whole world ;
that wrong may be rebuked and
mercy" and "safety may abound. God
give, us millions like him.
In Fritz- Greene Halleck's immortal
poem, "MarcO Bozzaris," are the fol
lowing lines, which are peculiarly ap
plicable to! Lieutenant Burford ; and
all other men who lose their lives
fighting against oppression:
Come to the bridal chamber, Death;
Come to the mother when she feels
For !the first time her. first-born's
: ! breath; . ,
Come when the blessed seals
That close the pestilence are broke
And crowded cities wail. its stroke;
Come in consumption's ghastly form,
The earthquake shock, the lightning
Come when the heart beats high and
It warm, - v-.'
With banquet song and dance and
; wine , , ..
And thou art terrible: the tear,
The groan, the knell, the pall, the bier,
And all we know, or dream, or fear,
Of agony are thine.
But to the hero, when his sword
Has won the battle for the free,
Thy voice sounds like a prophet's
And in its hollow tones are heard
The thanks of millions yet to be.
Come when his task of fame is
Come with her laurel-leaf, blood
bought; Come in her crowning hour and
Thy sunken eye's unearthly light
To him is welcome as the sight
Of sky and stars to prisoned men;
Thy grasp is welcome as the hand
Of brother in a foreign land.
A Comforting Message
Mr. and Mrs. Burford received this
morning the following comforting
message from their oldest son, Lieut.
Robert Allen Burford.
Lieutenant Burford is in the navy,
and his message is not only a com
fort to his parents but an inspiration
to all other patriotic young men.
Philadelphia, Pa., Feb. 17.
Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Burford, Ocala:
Dear mother and father. We are
heart-broken and you have all our
love and sympathy. I pray God that
I may avenge his death. Change
Wiley's star to gold in the service
flag. , Be comforted that he died a
noble death, killed in action. We are
proud of our poor, dear brother. With
all our love. Robert.
Saturday morning and afternoon,
Mr. and Mrs. Burford received several
letters from Wiley. Written at differ
ent times, they all came at once. They
were bright and interesting letters,
describing the young officer's life in
France, and will be treasures to his
loved ones as long as they live. His
mother had finished reading the last
of them but a few minutes before the
arrival of the telegram that told of
the death of her soldier son.
Mr. and Mrs. Burford are bearing
up bravely under their great sorrow.
Sustaining Mr. Burford in his grief
is his pride in his boys one sleeping
in a glorious grave; the others ready
to do and dare all things for the same
great cause. Mrs. Burford is for the
time prostrated, for it is a hard task
for a mother to balance even the
cause of the nation against the life of
a beloved child, but she too will in
time emerge from the valley of sor
row and smile thru her tears when
she thinks of the brave young life
laid on the altar of patriotism.
Miss Mary Burford and Mr. Sam
Burford are expected home this after
noon or tonight. Miss Mary was visit
ing friends in Cincinnati when the sad
news came to her. She started home,
and on the way was joined by her
brother, Sam, in school in Atlanta,
and preparing also to do his duty for
his country. -
The hearts, of our people are full
of sorrow for the dead arid sympathy
for the living, but this sad event has
lifted us all nearer to a full concep
tion of the great cause for which we
must make sacrifices to win.
The incessant strikes among the
shipbuilders are more danger t&
America than the expected German
offensive. If our shipbuilding . does
not hit a livelv rjaee. therp. is Hanwr
x , . o -
not only of our Allies being defeated
but of hundreds of thousands of oui
own men being starved into surren
der. Men who hold up building the
needed ships, whether employers or
employes, are practical enemies of
their country. The government should
take charge of the shipbuilding in
dustry, it should pay the men good
wages and make them work. If they
won't work any other way, a couple
of army divisions should be detached
to compel them. What right has a
man to squabble over a dollar or so
a day . when the best men of the coun
try are putting their lives in danger
in or4er that American laboring men
may work in safety?
Some' over-zealous friends of Col
onel Roosevelt want him ; to be aD-
pointed secretary of war in place of
Baker. We doubt that Mr. Roosevelt
wants . the .job. If one thing is more
certain than another, it is that he and
Mr. Wilson are antagonistic, and
wouldn't work in harmony. Which
would be a great trouble to both and
impair the usefulness of each. Wc
have come this far with Baker, and
had better try to finish the job with
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when the crops are made and men
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state and nation."
FOR STATE ATTORNEY
To the People of the Fifth Judicial
Circuit of Florida: I hereby announce
my candidacy for re-election to the
office of state attorney, Fifth Judicial
Circuit of Florida, in the approach
ing primary. I have tried to merit
and will greatly appreciate your sup
port. George W. Scofield. :
January 4, 1918.
I am a candidate for member of
the house of representatives of the
Florida legislature and shall appre
ciate the support of the democratic
voters of the county in the coming
primary. I shall run in group number
one. W. T. Gary.
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FOR COMMISSIONER,' DISTRICT 3
There seems to be a disposition to
blame Governor Catts for not setting
aside the Florida fish laws, in order
to enable more fish to be caught,
thereby saving meat. It is the gov
ernor's duty to execute the laws he
has no right to set them aside. It is
possible than he can, by co-operating
with the food administration, make
some arrangement by .which the
Florida fish supply can be more large
ly utilized. If fish pirates were al
lowed to do as they pleased in Flor
ida waters, there soon wouldn't be
any fish, and the people would have
little help. The pirates would use
nets in rivers, lakes, bays and inlets,
destroy more fish than they caught
and charge the people famine prices.
They have been tried before, and the
present laws are the result of their
Here is another chunk of good sense
from the DeLand News:
"Fuel Administrator Williams . has
started a campaign to get people to
store wood for next winter. Williams
is too previous. This is the time of
year when every effort should be
made to plow land and get it ready
for planting; when the seeds should
be put into the ground. Every effort
should be exerted now to produce
crops. If State Fuel Administrator
Williams will postpone his fuel gath
ering campaign to about August,
I desire to announce my candidacy
for the position of county commis
sioner from district No. , 3, Marion
county, subject to the democratic pri
mary. J. W. Davis.
FOR SENATOR 20TH DISTRICT
To the Democratic Voters of Marion
and Sumter Counties (Comprising
the 20th Senatorial District):
I am a candidate for senator in the
primary election to be, held June 4th,
1918. I thoroughly appreciate the
honor of having served as one of Mar
ion's representatives in the last two
sessions of the legislature. I served
my people faithfully, loyally, honest
ly -and conscientiously. -1 realize that
the knowledge and experience as rep
resentative two terms will enable me
to make the people of the twentieth
district a better senator. I will ap
preciate your support and if nominat
ed I pledge faithful service to the
people of Marion and Sumter coun
ties, working for then: best interests,
as well as for the whole state.
Respectfully yours, W. J. Crosby.
Citra, Fla., Feb. 6, 1918.
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Notice is hereby given that the city
council will receive bid3 on February
19th, 7:30 o'clock p. m., for the ap
pointment of a scavenger of the city
of Ocala in accordance with ordinance
nnw on file in the citv clerk's office.
Bids to be filed with the city clerk on
or before said date.
13-tf H. C. Sistrunk, City Clerk. '
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