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THE PENSACOLA JOURNAL, SUNDAY MORNING, MARCH 2, 1913.
DAILY, WEEKLY, SUNDAY, : BY ; JOURNAL PUBLISHING COMPANY. FRANK L. MAYES, Provident. MEMBER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS . SUBSCRIPTION RATES I Three itonthi. $1.25 Weeklv. year.$l.C0 Six Months.... 2.B0 On a Week....- .10 On Year .... 5.00 One Month .. .45 Office Journal Bunding. Corner De Luna and Intend ends. Kntered as second-class matter at the postofflce at Pensacola, Florida, under Act of Congress. March S. 1879. Phonets ' Editorial Rooms, 38. Busi ness Office, 1500. FOREIGN ADVERTISING. Foreign Advertising-: Robert Ma Quoid. Special Representative. New Tork Office: Room 903 Brunx-wi-k Building. Chicago Office: Boyce Balldtaff. ' SUNDAY. MARCH 2, 1913. A Commission Charter and a Modified Aldermanic Charter"' '' o " The people Tuesday must choose be tween a strictly , Commission Charter nd a slightly modified form of Al dermanic Charter. The Semmes Committee Charter provides a simple form of Commission government, t The Jones charter would : not provide a Commission govern ment at all. ' : Th Semmes Committee Charter win provide three Commissioners, whom 1 the people will elect, can always swatch, ani can hold responsible for , the management of the city's business. The Jones charter will provide three Commissioners, with a board of eight more to ? control them, all of whom the people may elect, but no two of whom the people can possibly hold re sponsible for the management of the city's business. In addition to that the Jones Charter calls for a board of three Bond Trustees, in whose selec tion the people can have no voice and over whose work the people can have nc control. - ', . . You can't keep fourteen men under the spot light all the time. You can keep three men under; the spof light most, if not all, of the time. You will. In voting on these charters. take your choice between a simple. plain, understandable city govern ment; and an Intricate, involved, and 'complicated city government. " ' " t Th fhif"" Is tin In th, vntura nt Fensacola. ..- Tampa, at. last accounts, has not cged the "Cubs. City Is Nov Dependent On Bond Trustees. . The Journal's good friend, City At' torney Jno. B. Jones, today charac terizes an editorial whlc"! appeared in these columns yesterday, as "fallacious and elusive." The Journal's editorial was simply an answer to the plea made by the Jones Charter advocates when they contend that the safety of the city bond money is dependent on the re tention of the board of Bond Trus tees. ; The present Trustees are good men, The Journal would trust them im plicitly in the handling of the city money. We have no fight on them whatever, but we cannot see, and Mr, Jones has failed to point out, why me pudiic money ; snouip o . go ab solutely safe in the hands of three men whom the people do not elect and over whom they have no control, while it would on the other hand be unsafe in the hands of three men whom the people do elect and over whom they have direct control. Mr. Jones says In his communica tion today that the bond election con stituted a vote of "confidence in Jno, A. Merritt, F. F. Bingham, and Jos. V. Riera." -The Journal dissents absolutely from this statement. Messrs. Merritt, Blng "ham, and Riera were not Issues and .iad nothing to do with the proposi tion. The bond election constituted a .definite expression by the people that they wanted a city-owned belt railroad and a city-owned wharf. Moreover, when the people voted for these bonds, they had no guarantee that the present Bond Trustees were to be continued in office. The council Ij supposed to elect one Bond Trus tee every year. The tertn of one, and possibly all, of the present board of Bond Trustees had expired when the tonl election was held, and the coun cil could then, or can now, elect others In their place.1 Mr. Jones's assumption that the peo ple voted bonds only because the present Bond Trustees were to handle the money is nothing more than an assumption. , On the other hand, if it has come to a stage where the safety of the city funds is dependent on the official existence of three particular persona, Pensacola must be In a fiacidely bad fix. - - -- 0 A skeleton, 84 feet long, has been unearthed in Utah. But bigger skel etons than this are contined in many Utah closets. WILL PUBLIC CONTROL OF PUBLIC UTILITIES SCARE CAPITAL AWAY? Said a prominent citizen to The Journal recently: "Your advocacy . of public control of public service corporations is going to make cap ital afraid to invest In Pensacola, "We can't afford to frighten this capital away. "We haven't enough now. What we want is more of it, and we can't get it If the people insist on controlling these enter ' prises." , ' Sounds rather reasonable, at first thought, doesn't it? And it is a fact that many people are fooled by just such talk. But did you ever stop to think that the very kind of capital we : want to Invest iri Pensacola JS ALREADY SCARED "AWAY? The Journal has always Insisted that the people, whose streets they use and who pay tribute to them, should have a voice in the control of the public service utilities on which the industrial de velopment of the city depends. Those utilities include the supplying of water, lijrht, fuel, power, telephone service, and transportation. "Each service and properly so Ms a natural monopoly. It lsa case where the public does not want competition. We want Just one streetcar sys tem,' one electric light and power plant, one gas plant, one telephone service- More than one. In any case, would mean inconvenience and In - creased expense to the public. These things being monopolies, how are their rates and service to be regulated? In private business, the service and prices are regulated by competition. If you buy groceries from one man and fall to get the proper treatment, you go to another. You do the same thing about your clothes and shoes. COMPETITION" regulates those things for , you. But no -such competition exists for the regulation of public ser vice utilities. It therefore follows that as the public service utilities are necessary to the industrial existence of the people, and as, on the other hand, they perform certain functions of government Itself, these utilities must be regulated by the people themselves. We already have In Pensacola some very fine public utility plants. One of them the water works is owned by the city. Others may, at a future time, become city property. Capital has not been wanting to establish and perfect them. The courts will always protect them, and , the capital invested In them. When therefore we talk about SCARING AWAY CAPITAL., it can not be the capital which seeks investment in public utilities, because ' THAT capital is already here- WHAT CAPITAL. IS IT THEN THAT IS SCARED AWAY? The Journal will answer the question. . ? - It is the CAPITAL, which should be invested in PACTORtES and In ; PRODUCTIVE INDUSTRIES the capital that will V produce the things that are used OUTSIDE of Pensacola rather than, that capital . which itself simply exists, like a parasite, upon the people' IN Pensacola. , This capital does not come here now, simply because no man with money cares to make a large investment when he knows his money ; will be at the MERCY OF ONE Or. TWO OR SEVERAL. UNCON- ' TROLLED PUBLIC SERVICE MONOPOLIES. Factories and Industrial enterprises are dependent on fuel, light. power, and transportation. With proper service and rates guaranteed in Pensacola, these industries can be secured. WlthQUt such guaran tee, the capital necessary for them is naturally afraid to come here. Give the city government of Pensacola the right to control these rates and service give It the power to guarantee fair and equal treat ment to .all alike and you will have the only argument that is now necessary to induce productive capital to Invest in Pensacola. And with that capital will come the SATURDAY NIGHT PAY ROLL that every business man and every laboring man wants to see come. It is for these reasons that The Journal advocates the adoption of the Jones Utility Section (No. 29) as a part of the Semmes Commis sion Charter. ' That section will enable the city of Pensacola to regu late the rates and service of every public service corporation in "the city. It will enable Pensacola to invite foreign capital to invest in in dustries here and to guarantee that capital fair treatment in the matter of light, power; gas fuel, and transportation. It will help us get the capital -that is now 'AFRAID to come here. . '. Do you, Mr. Laboring Man and Mr. Business Man, see the point? Jf Forecaster Willis Moore expects any consideration from the incoming administration, he had better be par ticular about the brand of weather he hands out aext Tuesday. The Aldermanic Advocate In His Home City. The advocates of the Jones charter imported a man from Mobile to tell the people of Pensacola about the beauties of aldermanic government. This was proper of course because the Jones Charter would give us not commis sion government, but aldermanic gov ernment. Here, however, is what some of the Mobile gentleman's home people think about him. The Register of Saturday morning says i . A. Pensacola paper , gives a whole page of its paid for space to Mr. John Craft's account of how he built Mobile. From one point of view it is an inter esting story, but we hope the people of Pensacola will not take our John too seriously. Of course it is possible to do so. If one listens to Mr, Craft ani knows nothing of the subject he is talking about, he can make out a very pretty "showing for himself; . but over here he Is not taken as seriously as he takes himself. How, otherwise. would it be possible to explain the no torious fact that a man who recom mends himself as highlv as Mr. Craft does on all occasions should be out of Mobile's service having been legis lated out in fact, for, we .believe, Mo bile's good? And yet after having been legislated out of an aldermanic government in Mobile, Mr.; Craft is brought to Pen sacola to persuade the people here to retain jtheir aldermanic form of gov ernment, v ,The prosecution of John D. ArchbolJ has been stopped in Texas, but there are other states in which he has no doubt violated the Sherman law. Keep in Touch With Lawmakers. The biennial sessions of the legis lature are in many respects the most important events that occur in the state. The welfare and prosperity of Florida depends, In a large measure. on what the representative body of law makers does or fails to do. The legislatures ' of this and other states come in for much caustic criticism for their sins of omission and com mission. But in most instances the voters are themselves to blame. They do not keep closely in touch with their- law makers. It is safe o assert that not one-fourth of the voters of the state can tell off hand what important meas ures the last legislature enacted, what bills were introduced that failed of passage or what measures were passed by the legislature and were afterwards vetoed by the governor. When the people demand Intelligent legislation, they should be thoroughly informed on what has been and has not been done. The average member of the legisla ture desires to carry out the will of his constituents. There are exceptions but this is the general rule. In view of-this every voter should inform his representative and senator what pro posed legislation he desires enacted. If a considerable majority of the peo ple want a law placed on the statute books, they should make their wants known to their legislators and they may be reasonably sure of the out come. . . Good advice to every citizen is: Tell your legislator what you want. Another brother of ex-President Madero has been killed. Mexican revo lutionists never know where to stop. . a) It Is difficult to foresee what will be the effect on the Illinois democrats If Mr. Bryants advice not to accept the short term in the senate, when they are clearly entitled to the long term. It is believed this Bryan letter has made a termination of the deadlock impossible- The so-called progressive republicans of Illinois have been insin cere and show they are actuated more by a desire for office than by any sin cere wish to bring about a better con dition of affairs. Many of the leaders of this so-called progressive party, from Roosevelt, all the way down the line, have shown this same traiL They have a deep hankering after the loaves and fishes. Hon. William J. Bryan is enroute to Washington to attend the Inaugu ration. He dil not tell his butler when to re-open the shutters of his Miami mansion. "An agricultural expert has started on a tour of 25,000 miles in search of a peach," says an exchange. Pensa cola is not one-seventeenth that far from Washington. The Jacksonvin mayoralty race, though five-cornered, waa not an ex citing contest. In the second primary the present incumbent, Hon. W. S. Jordan will have as a formidable op ponent, Juige Van Swearingen, who has presided over the municipal court, and who has been a terror to those who were brought before him. If the East Coast was the proud possessor of a few counties like Jack son, Walton, Holmes, and 5anta Rosa, for instance, then her extravagant claims might be justified and verified. "Places in two Montgomery streets bave caved in within a year, so heavy is the traffic in this town," says the Advertiser. It may be possible for those who are using the drays and moving vans to find a congenial home somewhere in that state, but it would be well to keep in mind that Florida is not inaccessible. (ft VOX POPULI. ALDERMAN SEMMES ANSWERS STATE SENATOR STOKES Pensacola, March 1, 1913. Editor Pensacola Journal. I am loath to Teply to the unfair personal Insinuations of our state sen ator in this morning's paper, relative to my conduct as a councilman and as a citizen. But shall answer briefly. He asks if it is not strange that I should have Introduced the resolution calling for an election on the ques tion of commission government, after being foremost in opposing the meas ure before the council calling for an election on the question of owning an electric light planL The senator is either careless or maliciously unfair, as, the records will show that Mr. Bear made the only ad dress to the council on that night and he took some time in explaining to the council why he had changed his mind relative to the question, and while favoring the question before that be was now opposed to it. I did not make one single remark on the ques tion. The vote was eleven to one In favor of not holding an election on the electric light plant at this time. Did not one of the vice-presidents of the Jones organization vote with the eleven, and is he not a paid em ployee of Stone & Webster? Did not this same official oppose the question of the municipal hospital, and is he not a stock holder in the present hos pital, which now has a contract with the city? Is he not also an employee of the L. & N. R. R. Co.? T it not a fact that you contradict yoirrself, Mr. Senator, when you speak of It being easier to control two men than it Is to control twelve, and then say that Mr. Warren made a short ad dress and convinced eleven? When I stopped you, Mr. Senator, and showed you the committee's pro posed utility clause and asked you to approve It. or suggest a substitute, is It not a fact that you told me that the proposed clause was a little stronger than you would have made it? I say you did. The senator, absolutely disregards facts when he says that the com mittee submitted the proposed char ter to a firm of attorneys, who are as sociated with public service corpora tions. The firm passing on this char ter was the firm of Reeves, Watson & Pasco. The committee did not consult any attorney, until Mr. John B. Jones said that In order to avoid future pos sible criticism he preferred that we do so. There was some fight being made against the committee charter by one of the bond trustees, wh claimed that the adoption of the committee charter would invalidate the bond election, and Mr. Dobson, who had been so active in carrying through the wharf issue, was anxious to assure the commeroial association that the rumor was with out foundation, so he asked the com mittee to get an opinion from Judge Carter, who had been associated with the law firm, which had also been the bond trustee's attorneys, for which opinion he would .stand the expense. Mr. Dobson was to leave Pensacola on that day for Washington, and that was why he asked the committee to attend to this matter for him. The opinion says: "We have not seen or examined the proposed bill, other than portion of Section 29 re ferred to, and our opinion is therefor confined entirely to the-" question above." -I defy the senator to prove otherwise or to show in any one way that any other advice or even conversation has been held with anyone connected with any public service corporation. O. J. SEMMES, JR. SUGGESTS PREVENTATIVE FOR LAME DUCKS Editor Pensacola Journal: The people of our city are nearing critical period at which time it will be decided whether the citizens will rule or whether they will be fooled into believing they are ruling the city government as they have been In the past. If there is a man in this city, out' side of the office holders, who has ever had any sayso about how the tax payers' money should be spent, I would like to hear from him. I heard a well-known citizen express himself a few days ago as follows: "We have tried for years to get , the rascals out, but there are too many of them, so I am going to vote for three commissioners to run the town, and if they should be found to be rascals we would not have so many to catch up with, and can put them ouL" I read the letters In the "Vox Pop uli," Saturday morning. Our esteem ed friend Stokes seems to be Inclined to dislike the idea of the committee's charter being submitted to corporation lawyers for their legal opinion. This seems to be about all his argument He may be a corporation lawyer some day, then of course, his opinion on the subject will be different. Just under Mr. Jones letter was an inquiry about some Indian Runner ducks, that were lame, and asking for a remedy. I would suggest that if this gentleman keeps his ducks out of pol itics; it might help, as there will prob ably be numerous "lame ducks" in Pensacola very shortly. (Not Indian runners.) The commission government advo cates are arranging for a Jollification meeting Tuesday night, location to be announced1 later. C. C. KEYSER. THE BOND TRUSTEES AND THE CITY CHARTER Editor Pensacola Journal. Your Saturday editorial un3er the caption, "Afraid to Trust the People," i3 fallacious and elusive- The Jones charter both trusts and protects the people. The most casual reading of it will prove, as heretofore stated by me, that Its effect will be to give the people absolute control of their own government, and save them from the yoke of the triumvirate, and all the concomitant evils of such an imperial istic government. It not only does not curtail or destroy any right of government which ths people now possess, but It vests them with addi tional rights which they have never before possessed and to the fullest ex tent possible under the constitution. If gives them among other things, home rule, the right of direct legis lation, which includes the initiative and .referendum, and the recalL Ihe present bond trustees are not continued in office any longer than it will be necessary for them to sell the $400,000 bonds to construct the docks and terminals, exactly as the" people voted on December SOth in favor of them doing. The people voted confi dence in the bond trustees, John A. Merritt, F. F. Bingham and Joseph V Riera. The charter seeks to carry out the peoples' will. Of course the people have the right to change, and to take chances on electing equally as good, or better men. We only caution them against the danger to be risked in attempting this in the man&er proposed- It is well to hold fast to what you know to be safe. When . the present bond trustees have completed the construction of the docks and terminals, subject to the approval of the commissioners repre senting every section of the city and elected by the voters of the. city at large, their duties shaK terminate, and then the Jones chaiter, reposing fur ther trust In the people, provides that the people . themw-Jves by direct vote shall select the men whom they desire to take charge of, control and operate the docks and terminals in the interest of the people, just as Jacksonville has recently undertaken to do, and as is done by other cities which own and successfully operate docks and ter minals. The Jones charter reposes trust in the people and eno.bles them to pro tect themselves frm hasty and 111 ad vised action which at times, as history proves, may be induced by the guiles and blandishments ot corporations and cliques, and which even now are being used to place and keep the govern ment out of the hands of the people. As was said by Woodrow Wilson: "We represent the desire to set up an unentangled government, a gov ernment that cannot be used for pri vate purposes, either in the field of business or the field of politics." JNO. Bi JONES. OPPOSITION IGNORES REAL POINTS OF ARGUMENT Pensacola, Fla., March 1, 1913. Editor Pensacola Journal. Isn't it strange that . Mr. Stokes, in his letter Saturday morning to The Journal on the committee charter, never mentioned once the recall, the referendum, or the initiative? It is another case of the opposition ignoring the real points of an argur ment and harping on Tvhat seems to them to be a neatly turned phrase, or clutching at the last straw. Then, too, I wonder if Pensacola Is really as crooked as the aldermanic government people say it is? It is working on my nerves- I am carrying a dollar watch and when I go to lunch I sew my pockets up tight for fear some one will steal my two bits before I get to the restaurant. Another thing "I" wonder if I am crooked. Lately when I pass a cop I cross the street so he won't see -me. It gets to working on me so hard I send the office boy around to the police station to see if they are coming for me. The boy reports nothing doing f.nd I call up the chief ad he says he has nothing on me "yet," I wonder what the deuce is the mat ter with this town all at once, any how. But as I said before I am will ing to take my chances with the peo ple, because I am one of the people. Sincerely, -WILL C. DIFFENDERFER. There are but two Union shops in town.- Be sure and phone the right shops. Phone 787, or phone 1487, and you will get first-class work and material. SAID OF FLORIDA AND FLORIDIANS Easily Satisfied. . Johnny Evers likes everything In Tampa except the umpires. Tampa Tribune. Solid Car Lead. Jackson county will be well repre sented at the presidential Inauguration In Washington next Tuesday. At leafct one solid Pullman car will go from here. 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