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PENSACOLA. FLA, FRIDAY. OCT. 24. 1919.
THAT SILVER PLATTER
Declaring that Pensacola by her active campaign
has given herself much favorable advertising, and
has shown that she Is aformldable candidate, and
has given Jacksonville and the eastern portion of
Florida the scare of their lives, The St. Augustine
Record Is calling upon peninsular Florida to make
an eleventh hour stand for the centennial.
In a last rally cry. the Record says: "Pensacola
is making a hard and determined fight for the
world's fair and unless the counties of the east coast
and central Florida rally to the support of Jackson
ville there Is. a strong probability that Pensacola
Will land the big fair."
In its issue of the sixteenth, the Record says;
West Florida has shown that it has some' energy,
that it Is awake and that It can do big things in a
big way. Pensacola Is ambitious and that is always
admirable. Pensacola thinks she can handle the
centennial; of course she can't, but she has made
herself believe she can."
The Record, after .complimenting Pensacola and
West Florida says, in another column: "We sin
cerely trust that Jacksonville, which rose from her
slumbers less than a week ago (while her rival has
waged a vigorous campaign for months) will win."
The reasons the Record gives for backing Jack
sonville, however, are not convincing. The Record
"St. Augustine people who visited the world's fairs
at Chicago. St. Louis and San Francisco will appre
ciate what an exposition of this kind means to
Florida. They will also appreciate the value of the
proposed centennial exposition to St. Augustine, if
it is located in Jacksonville. Next" to Jacksonville,
this.clty will profit most."
The Record declares that it could give one hun
dred and five reasons for the location of the fair
in Jacksonville, but so far neither the Record nor
the Jacksonville Metropolis have given one sound
reason, based on any just claim. -
Here are the reasons which have been brought
forward, so far, for holding the centennial in Jack
sonville. First because Jacksonville and St. Augus
tine want it held there. Jacksonville claims (1) that
the exposition would push Jacksonville twenty-five
years ahead of Its present status; (2) that it will
draw hundreds of thousands of people to Jackson
ville to spend from several days to months, during
the life of the exposition; (3) that during the
months of preparation for the centennial, Jackson
ville will enjoy an era of prosperity which will be
of tremendous benefit to that city; (4) that for every
dollar expended ten dollars will return to Jackson
ville for her expenditure: (5) that Jacksonville will
.receive hundreds of thousands of columns of adver
tising, in newspapers and magazines, if the centen
nial Is held in that city; (6) that Jacksonville is
nearer the centre of the state than Pensacola; (7)
has more railroads; (8) better dockinjr facilities.
Pensacola based its ' claims not on the fact that
the centennial will help Pensacola. but that it will be
or oenem to the entire state, of which West Klor
Ida is an important part; (2) that in the past this
section has not received the recognition that it has
deserved, and that the centennial would help the
j ueui mat u owes to this part of
rionaa, so long overlooked; (3) t5at the centennial
idea was conceived in Pensacola; (4) that it was
mu-oauced into the state legislature by a Pensa
collan; (5) that through special act of the legisla
ture this city has already been empowered to sell
one million dollars worth of bonds for the mirrwM,
of holding the centennial in this city; (6) that the
centennial is designed to commemorate historical
events that were enacted on Pensacola soil; (7) that
Pensacola. with four railroads-and State Highway
Number One, In addition to water transportation.
can take care of any crowd Jacksonville could pos
"I,,u"f. yt mat me aocKs and terminals of
Pensacola are not only far superior to those of
Jacksonville, but are acknowledged to be the best
south of Newport News; (9 that Pensacola is nearer
the center of population of the United States than
any other city in Florida; (10) that Pensacola is
nearer the Panama canal and therefore more acces
si Die to ija tin -America and the countries of the
Orient than any other city in Florida, with deep
water facilities; (11) that Pensacola is the only city
In Florida that could possibly stage a great naval
carnival, which would be an attraction of unequalled
value; (12) that holding the centennial In Pensacola
would mean the advertising of the entire state, for
not only could this city offer unsurpassed advan
tages for staging the exposition, but those who vis
ited the great show and then continued on their way
to south Florida, would have seen practically all of
the state, and not Just one section of Florida: (13)
that Jacksonville and St. Augustine have, openly ac
knowledged that they hnve slept on the Job; (14) and
they have openly warned! the people of the state
that Pensacola has been fighting for its rights for
months, and that unless Jacksonville comes In at
the eleventh hour and takes it away from us we
will get what we have worked for; (15) that Jack
onville has never claimed any right to the centen
Blal. but has attempted to take it through superior
numbers and wealth; (18) that In spite of the fact
that Jacksonville Is so superior In numbers to Pen
sacola. that city sent a delegation over to Tallahas
see that did not com para In numerical strength with
she Pensacola delegation, proving conclusively that
the Jacksonville bunch are not on their Job; (17) ,
that In spite of the claim of Jacksonville to superior
wealth, so far the people of that city have been un
able to take up the state fair bonds; that the only
means they have for financing the centennial is
through" direct taxation and popular subscription;
(18) that It will not be possible for Jacksonville to
bond, without special act of legislature, which the
law-makers of Florida would never stand for, as
they have already passed legislation empowering
this city to bond; (19) that Pensacola, at thla pres
ent moment, has nearly one and a quarter million
dollars at her command for the centennial, and
therefore this would not only be the most logical
place but the most economical place to hold the
world's fair; (20) and that, furthermore, Pensacola
relies upon the fairmlndedness of the men of "the
commission, who do not represent private interests
or certain municipalities, but the sentiment of the
'people of the state, which, after acknowledging that
Pensacola has worked with unfailing determination
and courage for what Is hers by every right, will
most assuredly not hand the centennial over to Jack
sonville. on "the silver platter. 'of which the Jack
sonville Metropolis has boasted.
PULL FOR PENSACOLA
Within the past ten days three Important develop
ment projects have been launched, the sale of the
G. F. and A., and Its reorganization as the Gulf,
Pensacola and Northern Railroad Company; the sale
of the Gulf, Florida and Alabama railroad, and Its
reorenization as the Andalusia. Florida and Gulf
Rahroad; and the issuance of bonds in the sum of
$500,000 for the Gulf Ports Terminal Railway Com
pany, with the backing of the Pensacola Chamber of
Each of tfeese movements Is of great Importance
to the development of Pensacola and West Florida,
and clearly indicate that it is a question of months
rather than years, when West Florida will have
railroad facilities which will compare favorably with
those of any section of the state, and which will
open up territory as yet practically undeveloped.
There are at this time approximately 5,000 miles of
railway in Florida, On every ton of freight destined
for Pensacola and all other Florida points-origi
nating west of the Mississippi, south of Memphis,
transportation charges for 44 -miles of unnecessary
rail haul are now paid. This . fact was clearly
brought out at the meeting of the Chamber of Com
merce on Wednesday afternoon, when President Mc
Laughlin. of the Gulf Ports Terminal Railway Com
pany appeared before the commercial body outlining
a proposition for issuing bonds, to make the comple
tlon of this railroad a certainty.
It was pointed out at this meeting that if the
citizens of Pensacola back the Gulf Ports Terminals
Railway Company, to the extent of becoming part
ners In the undertaking, through the purchase of
bonds, the sixty miles of railway may be kept as an
independent line, to be operated in the interest of
Pensacola, eventually bringing four new lines to this
Pensacola should give to every legitimate railroad
enterprise at this time the combined backing "of its
citizens. With the Louisville and Nashville, the
Gulf, Pensacola and Northern, the Gulf Ports Ter
minals, andMhe line Just bought by Mobile interests,
known as the Andalusia, Florida and Gulf, which
will act as a feeder to this port, Pensacola and West
Florida would have rail facilities which, together
with the terminals in operation and contemplated,
would place this port in the very front rank.
Many railroads have been projected in Pensacola
In the past, and have been sunk in oblivion, swal
lowed up by private interests. This may in a meas
ure be explained by the fact that in the past Pen
sacola had to go out In search of capital today cap
ltal is setting steadily towards this port, looking for
opportunity for Investment.
It is not too much to say that outside the port of
New Orleans, which now ranks second only to New
York, Pensacola is the most important port in the
south. Had Pensacola had these railroad facilities
one year ago, it is possible this port might have ri
valed New Orleans. -" '
" New Orleans does not compare with this port In
Its natural advantages. Situated 110 miles from the
mouth of the Mississippi river, a ship that cargoes
there is 24 hours from the open sea. Pensacola, sit
uated on a harbor which is the widest and deepest
and best land-locked in the south, and nearer than
any other port to the Panama canal, offers oppor
tunlties that no other port in the country possesses.
. Situated as .we are on the open sea. and contagi
ous to the rich territory of 'Alabama and Tennessee,
with their valuable coal and steel, we present to the
world a site unequalled not only for export and 1m
port, but as a location for manufacturing interests,
-The growth of Pensacola has not been spectacular,
But it has been sound and' its progress has been
because of what It has had to offer to investors,
rather than for its exploitation by promoters. The
concentration at this port of various development
enterprises is merely recognition of the fact that the
port of Pensacola is necessary to the development of
the trade of the United States. It is natural, then,
that at this time railroad, interests should look to
this port as an outlet.
The tide of world trade has turned. ' Today the
United States is looking to the ports of the' south,
particularly v to the ports of the Gulf, for important
trade routes. This is not through any boom or
boosting' or fictitious values, but because the United
Walt Masdris Daily Poem
MAIDENS FAIR' "
In old time books the damsels swooned whene'er
they had occasion; and when with loving knights
they spooned, it was with shy evasion. They were
such coy and modest things, as hoar romance dls
closes, that if you spoke of wedding rings they'd
blush to beat the roses. J . They languished in their
virgin bowers, embroidering, crocheting, or spent the
long and luscious hours the spinet softly playing.
They all were known as "females" then, the maid
and wife and widdy and when girls looked on
bearded men, it made them pale and giddy. But
times have changed; no more we meet the girls of
Scott and Cooper; but In the modern tale we meet
the woman known as "super." She doesn't care a
picayune for dilcimer or needle; you couldn't coax
this girl to swoon, hd- odds how much you wheedle.
To her the old time arts are vain, and old traditions
phoney; she goes up In a monoplane, or rides a
bucking pony. She's struck our fiction with a rush,
and when a yarn Is finished, it is the bearded men
who blush and hide their heads diminished. I know
it's treason, if not rot, but, tired of women "super,"
I long for blushing belles of Scott, and swooning
girls of Cooper. Copyright by Geoge Matthew
Adams. ' .. -
THE PENSACOLA JOURNAL, FRIDAY,
States, In building up Its merchant marine. Is look
ing to trade south of us, and the ports of the Gulf
are nearest to that trade.
With Pensacola the nearest on the Gulf, with the
harbor here the best In the world, and with a public
pirit that is unequalled anywhere In Florida, Pen
sacola today has greater potentialities than any
other port In this country.
The fact that these possibilities have been latent
here, but unutilized, while In a way retarding the
growth of this section, have rendered Its future aU
the brighter. - Pensacola will go forward with some
mistakes to correct, but fewer than most port si The
equipment that will be put In her. win be the most
modern; the improvements will be of the best; and
the port, within a decade can rank any port in the
But Pensacola Is at crucial hour. There has never
been a time In all Its history when lY was so neces
sary for private gain to be set aside for public weal
It behooves every man to stand shoulder to shoul
der; ; to work with an open mind; to give of the best
that is in him; and to have faith in himself. In his
town and in bis townsmen, if we are to reach the
plane of development that is ours by every natural
right. ." - .. ' , , '
Florida Press Opinion
Jacksonville and St. Augustine
, on the Centennial
St. Auflusine Boosting for Jacksonville.
St. Augustine people who visited the world's fairs
at Chicago, St. Louis and San Francisco will appre
ciate what an exposition of this kind means to
Florida. They will also appreciate the- value of the
proposed centennial exposition to St. Augusine if it
is located in Jacksonville. Next to Jacksonville this
city will profit most, as nearly all who visit Jack
sonville will run over to see the Ancient City and
in addition to this the overflow from Jacksonville
will come here, this being the nearest city to "the
state metropolis. But St.' Augustine will not be the
only beneficiary, for the whole peninsular will be
crowded with people who are attracted to Florida by
the exposition. Many will tour the entire state
while others will desire to reman at some resort
after viewing the attractions at the big fair. West
Florida will ' benefit as much as east Florida, as
Jacksonville is a central distributing point for the
entire state. However, If the exposition goes to
Pensacola the east coast of Florida will receive very
little benefit from it, as Alabama and Louisiana
cities will take advantage of the opportunity to draw
the crowds westward, Pensacola being just across
the- state line from Alabama. The exposition is for
the purpose of drawing people to Florida and should
be located in the heart of the state. s.
Pensacola is making a hard and determined fight
for the world's fair and unless the counties of the
east coast and centralFlorida rally to the support of
Jacksonville there Is a strong probability that Pen
sacola will land the big fair. Of all counties on the
East Coast St. Johns is most vitally interested and
should work shoulder to shoulder with Jacksonville.
Volusia, Flagler, Brevard, St. Lucie, Palm Beach,
Boward, , Dade and all counties of the peninsular
should give their loyal support to Jacksonville vin
order that the state may as a whole derive the full
benefit from the exposition.
Tomorrow nlerht a meeting will be held In the
plaza for the purpose of stimulating interest In the
exposition and pledging the support of St. Augustine
to our neighbor to the north. It is essential that the
meeting be well attended as evidence of our sup
port of Jacksonville, therefore the people of this city
are urged to sidetrack all other engagements for this
nrca)lon and be at the nlaza at 8 o'clock to hear
the addresses of the Jacksonville speakers. St. Au
gustine Record. ( v
When Will Jacksonville Do All This?
Jacksonville will offer the centennial commission
a definite, concrete proposition. Jacksonville will
offer the commission a pledge to present the expo
sition on a scale of true magnificence . Jacksonville
will go after the expositi6n with the true Jackson
ville epirit, the city solidly behind the movement, the
council and the board of county commissioners
pledged to aid it In every possible way toward sue
cess. ..- - " " l "
Jacksonville wants this exposition. Florida wants
Jacksonville to have it.
Jacksonville Is in a position to present such an ex
nositlon fittingly and properly. Florida "' realized
this fully and is standing back of Jacksonville's ef
forts In this direction. , Jacksonville is a cosmopoli
tan city, modern in every respect, well prepared to
handle an event of such size and character.
Jacksonville is the Gateway to Florida.
.Pensacola Is far removed from the center of pop
ulation In the state, Is inaccessible to the majority
of Florida and Is on the very borders of Alabama.
In fact, Pensacola is so closely allied to Alabama in
terests and enterprises that until a very short time
ago, when the centennial effort became paramount
in that city, there was a well defined and more or
less concerted movement in that section of the state
to annex West Florida to Alabama.
Jacksonville can and will, if given the opportunity,
present a real, befitting, creditable exposition that
will be fittingly Floridian In character.
Jacksonville pledge herself to do this. v-
And Jacksonville will not falL Jacksonville Me
tropolis. - '
Can Do Big Things 5n Big Way.
On Monday the Florida Purchase Centennial Com
mission will meet In Tallahassee to decide whether
Jacksonville " or Pensacola will be - the site of the
world's fair for the holding of which the last legis
lature liberally appropriated. If Pensacola loses she
will win. And the chances are she will lose.
Pensacola by her active campaign has given her
self much favorable advertising. She has shown that
she can be a formidable candidate. She has given
Jacksonville and the peninsular portion of Florida
the scare of their lives. West Florida has shown
that it has some energy, that it is awake and that it
can do big things in a big way. Pensacola Is am
bitious and that Is always admirable. Pensacola
thinks she can handle the centennial; of course she
can't but she has made herself believe she can. All
of the energy and money that Pensacola has put
forth to land the exposition has been well spent and
she should have no regret at losing this particular
show. " .' . " :
On the other hand, if Pensacola should win. she
would lose, because to make an utter failure of a
thing especially the entertaining of visitors within
your gates does a town untold damage. So" Pensa
cola. in truth, wins if she loses. St. Augustine Rec
OCTOBER, 24, 1919.
THE CHEERFUL CHERUB
WHerv I -mtw Teeling
$6 very qviet ' I must
Or I'll recall my woe
It feels liKe when
'v - 1914
: Germans fight way across Yser Ca
nal near Dixmude; Allies repulse at
tacks at Nieuport; French warship
bombards Ostend Russian armies
operate beyond 'the Vistula; retreat
ing German reported withdrawn to
Skierniewice 41 miles from Warsaw.
Bulgars take Uskub completely Iso
lating the main Serbian army Austro
Germans cross the Danube near the
Rumanian frontier Arrest German
Lieutenant in New York with ex
plosives to blow up ships leaving New
Von Mackensen's success In Ru
mania continues; invading forces take
ere They Dogfish?
Ernest had, a day off, and when he
returned to the ehop . the following
morning his friends wanted to know
why he looked so disgruntled.
"Everything went wrong!' ho
How was that?" one asked.
"Ever go fishing with a girl?"
"Did she protest against hurting the
"No. She said she" was sure they
were perfectly happy, because they
were all wagging their talis. "
Boston Post. .
ing: well above 90 degrees on several
days, rivaling previous October rec
ords. ' .
Precipitation: The week's rain was
much less than the normal, except
locally over small areas in the several
divisions, where it was sufficient for
all requirements. Asa rule rain is
needed overfall divisions, especially on
high lands, where cane would be bene
fited very much. Quite a number of
stations received no rain during the
week. The greatest amounts fell on
the southeast coast. The following
- Suspicious. ,
Patience Tou know how he just
cried fori Joy. Why, tears were run
ning down his cheeks and down mine,
Patrice Well, all I have to say Is
you must have been pretty close to
him to have" his tears run down your
cheeks. Houston Post.
"Food is very high."
KJheer up That engagement ring
your husband gave you ten years ago
has doubled in value. Louisville
totals "are noted:
general rains was very favorable for
harvesting corn, peanuts and hay.
, ; Proper Way. ,
"How did Jims do with, his new
"It is sweeping "everything .before
it." Baltimore American. .
Most of the corn crop has been gath
ered, and very little of the cotton
crop remains to be picked; : it is the
Odd Items From verywhere.
New freight cars 'are being placed
in, service by the railroad administra
tion at the rate of, 834 a day.
Fifty years ago Enoch Thompson
left his home in Taylor, Penn, to go
to Stafford, Kansas. He was interested
at the time in Miss Anna Smiley, of
Taylor, but he did not see her again
until this summer, when he visited his
old home. The two have Just been
married in Kansas City. ; , -
At the Grand Army encampment at
Columbus there was a meeting of two
Ohio born brothers, soldiers of the
civil war, who had not eeen each other
for 49 years.
WEATHER AND CROP
REPORT MADE PUBLIC
Grape Fruit Is Beginning " to Move
Harvest Conditions Good,
, The weather and crop report for, the
week ending October 21, shows the
rainfall to be less than normal at this
time of -the year. Harvesting condi
tions are good as a consequence but
all crops are beginning to need mols
ture. The grape fruit crop will be
good and in some instances shipments
have commenced. The report for the
Temperature: The v temperature
averaged from 3 degrees to 7 -degrees
above the seasonal, the maximum be
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Copyright 1919. New Era Features.
WHAT HAPPENED OCT. 24:
two more towns . and 6,700 prisoners .
retreating forces in confusion.
French consolidate . gains on Alsne
front Germans break , Italian lines;
attack successful on Bainslzza Pla
teau, at. Tolmlno and Flltsch, begin
ning big counter-drive into Italy.
Americans advance on both side of
the Meuse; gain one kilometer oh 3
kilometer front despite desperate re
sistance British again push forward ;
Germans forced back on whole front
between the Sambre and the Scheldt;
tighten their . grip, on Valenciennes
Ex-President Roosevelt assails Presi
dent Wilson's 14 . points in telegram
to Senator Lodge.
shortest crop for several decades. The
cane crop' Improved very much dur
ing the last few weeks, and the longer
frost is delayed the greater will be
the crop . some cane has been cut
for syrup making, but no material
part has left the fields. Tomatoes,
egg plants, cucumbers, and other truck
are being shipped from southern coun
ties. Rain would benefit all truck
and fruits, except on low lands. Some
grape fruit is dropping, but the crop,
as a whole will be good; shipments
are being made, but the fruit Is not
mature. Seed beds are being cared
for and the setting of plants continues,
especially In the south and south
central counties. Mean temperature
during the week; Jacksonville, 76 de
grees; Miami, 80 degrees; Key West,
82 degrees; Pensacola, 74 degrees;
Tampa, 80 degrees.
Ft. Lauderdale, 3.8;
Davie, 3.4; Ocala, 3.8;
Pinellas Park, l.l, and
Crops: The absence of
" - . ' .
The FrercW' icirs
- iW IVa.'ALT'
Three years ago today, October 24, 1916, the French penetrated the
Uerman lines at Verdun, and won back the fort and village of Douau-
Find another prisoner. , ,,. ,
Answer to yesterday's puzzle: Right side down, eye hit hai;d.
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