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Volume 57; Number 51. HER FOUND GUILTY Of MURDER 111 FIRST DEGREE The circuit court room has been more or less crowded all the week with witnesses, interested spectators and others during this term of court. The greatest interest, however, seem ingly centering in the trial of A. L. Parker for the killing of J. B. Canning ton near Orange Lake on June 25th last. Quite a number of jurors were called and excused for different reas ons twelve men were decided upon to listen to the evidence. Mr. R. B. Bullock represented Parker and Mr. Mr. L. N. Green assisted State’s At torney Scofield in the prosecution, and no stone was left unturned by either side from the time the jury was se lected until Judge Bullock gave his charge to the jury Wednesday morn ing at about noon. The state produced a number of witnesses, the most important being Mrs. Mary Anderson, who was an eye witness to the tragedy. Mrs. Ander son, who happened to be in a cow lot adjoining the residence of Canning ton, the murdered man, saw Parker when he approached Cannington from the rear, and without any warning raised his shotgun and fired two loads of buckshot into Cannington's back, killing him instantly. She said that Parker very deliberately reload-j ed his gun and left the premises. Mr. 1 J. W. Jones, who lived at the Can- 1 ningion home at the time of the kill-1 ing, stated that while he did not see Parker when he fired the gun, heard the shot and looking in the direction from whence the sound came, saw' Parker reload his gun and walk away, j Deputy Sheriff McCarley, who ar- j rested Parker shortly after the mur- j der of Cannington, was placed upon ] the stand and told of Parker’s con-1 fession to the killing when he placed ! him under arrest. The state produced a number of other witnesses, whose eTidence in some manner had bear ing upon the case. The defense produced no witness with the exception of Parker him self who told of the causes leading up to the killing. He said that there had been a disagreement betw r een himself i snd Cannington about the latter’s cows grazing upon a certain piece of land near the Cannington home, stat ing that he had tried several times to adjust the matter but with no suc cess, and claimed that failure along this line was all the proof needed that Cannington would do him injury in the event that he (Parker) inter pfered further with Cannington. How ever, Parker admitted that he took his shotgun with him and made mother visit to the Cannington home, tod upon seeing Cannington approach ed him and asked him if he was in clined to come to a settlement of their dispute in a peaceable manner, and as he received no favorable reply, and catching a glimpse of what he thought was the stock of a gun sticking out of the feed trough, instantly raised bis gun and fiered, Cannington falling to the ground. He said that he im mediately left the premises and told about his arrest later at his home. The attorneys in the case begun .their arguments and all made ex cellent and more or less lengthy ad dresses to the jury, both sides giving splendid word pictured of the case from different angles. | Just before noon Judge Bullock, in a very clear and concise manner gave the charge to the jury, and during its teeital there was intense interest wHtolfested by everyone in thecouyt I r oom, and every word was distinctly ®ard by the jury as well as by the ;.lg.Tbe jury retired and after con lllptering the case for about half an i returned with a verdict of guilty K * murder in the first degree with a to the mercy of the 1 I JAMES KIRKLAND MIXSON ifMpThere remaineth, therefore a rest ffr people of God.” jffimtQ that state of perfect rest one lpP*r ago today there passed an hum- Mpmul, a man among men, James BjKirkiand Mixon. Nearing his forty ■Mitenth birthday, to human minds it Bpitoed that he was just reaching the HjOhith, when after an illness of about HPP days, he calmly closed his eyes |Nd slipped behind the dividing cur- Hsin. A dutiful son, a man of varied THE OCALA BANNER lines of usefulness, a Christian who acknowledged his stewardship of per sonality and possessions, he brought to the altar of God all that his mind and heart and strength could bring. Rest on precious “Kirk,” though dead thy life speaks to us in accents heard far, far above the storm of our earth ly pilgrimage and from the beautiful living example process a moral power and force which will hover over 4 the home that thou didst love so well and fill it with the fruits of righteousness and of peace. WIFE. Norway, S. C., Dec. 22, 1921. TIME TURNED BACK IN ITS FLIGHT Among the many Christmas greet ings we received none-were more ap preciated than the following from Mr. Joseph E. Baer, son of Mr. B. M. Baer, at one time a prominent mer chant in Ocala, Leesburg and Jack sonville. The “squib” he alludes to wras the following item from the Times- Union: “Hon. Frank Harris, edi tor of the Ocala Banner, celebrates his 75th birthday.” New York, Dec. 17, 1921. Mr. Frank Harris, Editor Ocala Banner, Ocala, Florida. Dear Frank: • This little squib was like a bit of Sapolic—it polished up memories of years and years ago when I ran around the streets of Ocala in a pair of knee breeches, and the mail reach ed us via the old tally-ho coach from Gainesville. The Public School was presided over by Professor Sams, and town ball — “one, two, three, pop it to me” —was the game of the day. Brown ran the Ocala Hotel, and Carlisle guided the destinies of the Magnolia house. Agnew, Brown Bros., ltheinauer and father s were the lead ing scores of the town and Condon watches and sold jewelry. Israel sold stationery, newspapers and maga zines, and the Post Office was located in a little shanty opposite the south east corner of the square. The Pott family from Paris, Ky., —they were mighty pretty girls, Frank —were stepping at the Mag nolia house, so was Miss Murphy of Jacksonville. A Miss Carncross was teaching dancing in the hall over father's store; and Colonel Martin and General Bullock were among our lead ing citizens. May Martin was one of the belles of the town; every once in-so-often Waldo and I played “hookey” from school. In those days the Ocala Banner was printed on a Washington hand press and it was my greatest pleasure to give a band at the lever—my first lessons in the art of printing and ad vertising were learned in your of fice. Here is a handclasp and a heart wish on your diamond anniversary. In the words of Joe Jefferson imperson ating Rip Van Winkle: “May you live long and prosper.” And to those schoolmates and com panions of my happy, youthful days in Ocala, please present my good wishes and the compliments of the season. Cordially yours, JOSEPH E. BAER. SEABOARD AIrTiNE ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY RATES TO ALL POINTS The Seaboard Air Line Railway has authorized sale of tickets during the holidays at very much reduced rates, which will be good news to all who will have occasion to travel by train this Christmas season. Tickets at holiday rates of one fare and a half round trip will be on sale December 21st, 22nd, 23rd. 24th and 25th, to all points with final return limit to January 4th. The Summerfield Chronicle says: “To blast a stump successfully requir es experience and judgment.” How about a little dynamite, also?—Tam pa Tribune. William Jennings Bryan, as a pos sible aspirant for a senatorship from Florida, is attracting the attention of the Southern and Western press. Palatka Times-Herald. OCALA, FLORIDA, FRIDAY DECEMBER 23, 1921. Christmas Greetings We express the hope that dear old Santa Claus will visit every home wherever this paper is read in his most gracious and bountiful manner and dispense joy, mirth and gladness around every fireside and make the festal season not only one of delight to the smaller mem bers of the household but will make it one of unalloyed happiness for all the family and strengthen the bonds in greater love and more abundant affection. It is its prayer that the spirit back of the tradition of Santa Claus will spread itself over the suffering and disturbed nations of the earth and will restore order and bring about the reconstruction of the ruin and desolation war inflicted upon them and bind up the bruised hearts of mothers and fathers and make them forgetful of the past* hopeful of the future, and brave enough to bring about a greater restoration. It hopes that the conference for the “Limitation of Armaments,” now in session at Washington actuated by the same high purposes and patriotic endeavors that animated the Versalles conference, will be more successful and less subject to bitter controversy, and will end in bringing the nations represented into more friendly relations and will weld them together in bonds so strong as to make wars im possible for evermore. It hopes that we shall not be forgetful of those in prison bonds and guided by that spirit which says as “oft as ye do it unto these you do it unto me,” will be the spirit of this Christmas among all peoples everywhere and all will be made to feel its touch and partake of its cheer. , May the whole earth be blessed with the benediction that rang through heaven shouting: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace, gccd will toward men!” EDITOR EDMONDS’ GIFT TO THE PRESIDENT AND BOOST TO FLORIDA From his winter home in Daytona Richard H. Esmonds, editor of the Manufacturers’ Record of Baltimore, and winter resident cf Daytona, has expressed to President Harding a box of Florida navel oranges of unusual size, each orange weighing more than a pound. Accompanying the ship ment Mr. Edmonds wrote the presi dent that these oranges are simply typical of the limitless food produc ing resources of this state. “Florida is even now, though but in its infancy of development, ship ping annually more than 50,000 car loads of foodstuffs to the North and West,” said Mr. Edmonds. “In ad dition to the 12,000,000 or more boxes of citrus fruits shipped annually from this section, Florida annually ships thousands of carloads of early pota toes, cabbages, celery, lettuce, toma toes, strawberries and other winter grown foodstuffs, in this way con tributing immensely to the food sup ply of millions of people in the North and West.” After a recital of the great possibili ties here, Mr. Edmonds says: “It may not be amiss to say that available reclamation land in the South, i? drained and put ufider culti vation, could easily be made to pro duce from $2,500,000,000 to $5,000,- 000,000 annually of foodstuffs, live stock included.” In concluding the message to the president, he says: “I hope the flavor of the oranges will remind you of the charms and the glories of the clinufte of this state and cause you, when burdened with mighty respon sibilities which rest upon you, to seek again in this heaven-favored land rest and invigoration and new serength for the larger duties of the future.” SPANISH WAR VETERANS NEW OFFICERS The Spanish War Veterans met on Friday and after the regular routine business they had their annual elec tion of officers with the following re sult: C. V. Roberts, commander; F. W. Ditto, senior vice commander; C. W. Hunter, junior vice commander; C. A*. Harris, adjutant; W. A. Knight, officer of the day; A. B. Halsell, of ficer of the guard; W. T. Gary, trus tee for one year; C. C. Priest, trustee for two years; J. I>. Harrell, trustee for three years; Baxter Cam, senior color guard; T. H. Harris, junior color guard; T. C. Thompson, historian; J. W. Aiken, chaplain. After the election of officers they adjourned to the restaurant of Dew ey & Lawrence where they enjoyed a delicious oyster scupper. OCALA K. of P’s. AT LEESBURG Are Handsomely Entertained by the Knights of Our Sister City Writing of the visit of the Ocala Knights of Pythians at. Leesburg the Commercial of that city says; /Whenever any of the Leesburg lodges want to have a really enjoy able evening, they invite the Ocala crowd to put on some work. It does n’t mater whether it is the Masons, the Knight3 of Pythias or what not, Ocala always comes to the bat with a bunch of good fellows and does the job up fine. Last Friday night it was the K. of P. turn. Five of the local would-be knights ware ready to have their spurs trapped on and the job was turned over to the visitors and well done. There may have been a few scratches incurred by the knights, but they were forgotten in the excitement of the moment and what came afterwards. The Ocala Star tells the story from the visitors' angle. It prints the fol lowing: f Ocala Lodge No. 19, K. of P.., has one of the finest, if not the very finest, degree teams in the state, so when the Leesburg lodge had a big class of esquires ready to receive the accolade, it was perfectly logical for it to invite a cavalcade of Ocala knights over to conduct the ceremony. Not with prancing steeds and jingl ing spurs, but on rubber ties incited by gasoline, the latter day knights sallied forth to Leesburg on the even ing of the Bth. They arrived in time for the opening of the local lodge, over which C. C. A. N. Stivender presided. J. F. Stunkel was at the secretary’s desk and every Ocala knight was well pleased to see old Frank Wetherbee in the vice chancellor's chair. The regular business was soon disposed of, and then the floor was cleared for the work. The rules of the order, of coarse, prevent the reporter from describing the ceremony, but it permissible to say that the work of the team was carried out in a fine and often dra matic manner. The performance was deeply interesting and impressive even to those who had often seen it before. The Leesburg bretheren to be knigthed were H. L. Hunt, M. H. Entz, Bert Davis, O. B. Truesdale and Burwell Bell, and they underwent the ordeal with courage and faith. After the ceremony, the Leeeburg ers took the visitors to a neat little restaurant where first their “picters were struck” and then they were for tified with a substantial si|pper for their return to Ocala. The Ocala knights who made the trip were Melin, Hendrix, Stroud, Tompkins, Gilmore, Howell, Weaver, Todd, Burgess, Weathersbee, Parker, 1 LONG AND SHORT HAUL TO BE DISCUSSED Terrell, Curry, Spencer, Sage, Benja min, Rilea, Stafford, Forbea, Baxter, Dunn, Howell, Akin, Smith, Mixon, and Colbert, nearly of of whom are members of the team. The reporter made the trip in Wal ter Pedrick’s. big Buick on the front seat, alongside Sir Knight Grover Stafford. Mr. Pedrick could not go himself, but put bis fine car at the disposal of the lodge. Except for the few miles around Lake Weir it was a pleasant ride, especially between Weirsdale and Leesburg and Belle view and Ocala. Knight Etafford is a Sumter county boy, knows the coun try and how to handle a car. This scribe never rode any faster in an auto than on some of the miles going into Leesburg. A FINE PROPOSITION TO MAKE A FAMILY HAPPY The Baraca class of the Ocala Bap tist Sunday school has launched a vigorous campaign to pay off the $500.00 mortgage on the little home of Rev. A. L. Prisoc, near Ocala. Bro ther Prisoc, well known to people in every community of this whole sec tion where he has spent years in faithful service, is afflicted with para lysis. He cannot walk or speak and hqs a wife and several children. Only one of the children is a boy. ‘ He had saved a little money out of a meager salary before he was para lyzed and, with his savings, paid for his home, except the amount of this mortgage. To lift that mortgage and | give this deserving family a home of their very own is certainly a laudable undertaking. It is hoped to complete the task quickly and hand the cancel led mortgage to Brother Prisoc on New Year's day. The Baraca class will do a big part through its own members in taking up this mortgage. Already, several outside the class have volunteered to help and the help of everybody in Ocala and surrounding country will be gladly welcomed. Anybody who wishes to enter into the spirit of the season may get in on this fine gift of love. The committee in charge of the matter consists of H. D. Stokes, D. Niel Ferguson, C. L. West, J. L. Edwards and K. C. Moore. Checks should.be made payable to Treasurer Baraca Class and may be handed or mailed to any committeeman named above. A complete list of the contributors will be turned, over to the family along with the mortgage. It's a fine chance for everybody to participate in gift of brotherly love. C. L. COLLINS, Pastor and Class Leader. FLOWERS FOR THE EDITOR Frank Harris Frank Harris, the Nestor of the Florida Press, turns his face to the western horizon of life. He is 75 years years young, and one of Florida's most beloved and valuable men. Frank Harris is justly beloved by all who know hitn. —Jacksonville The above is certainly appreciated. We hope we shall continue to merit the love and respect of our colaborers. * * ,* A Beautiful Compliment Although he recently passed his seventy-fifth birthday, Editor Frank Harris of tne Ocala Banner, continues to issue one of the best weekly papers we have ever seen and his editorial page is one of the strongest in Flor ida. Col. Harris is a living example to the younger generation of Florida newspaper men. They love him for kis corteous and gentle dignity, es teem him for his attainments and admire him for his tena6ity.— Lees burg Commercial. • * • The Summerfield Chronicle says: “Last Saturday Col. F. E. Harris, edi tor of the Ocala Banner, celebrated the seventy-fifth anniversary of his birth. The Chronicle extends its con gratulations and wishes the Colonel many more years of health, happiness and prosperity.” In sentiment all editors of the state will heartily join.—Publishers’ Auxiliary. The Jacksonville Observer says that Mrs. W. S. Jennings has perform ed a great public service in organiz ing the Law Enforcement League. $1.50 a Year For the purpose of getting the in terior points in South Florida awake and actively engaged in bringing about the establishment of the long and short haul principle in Florida rates, the Lakeland Chamber of Com merce has called a meeting of the presidents, secretaries and chairmen of the transportation committees of the Chamber of Commerce of Ocala, Bartow, Gainesville, Orlando, Eustis, Leesburg, Arcadia, Kissimmee, Brooks ville, DeLand, Dade City and Lake W’ales to meet jointly with the mem bers of the Interior Wholesale Gro cer’s Association in Lakeland, Thurs day, Dec. 29th at ten A. M. The Ma rion County Board of Trade will ar range to have representation at this meeting. The matter of the long and short haul principle is soon to come up. be fore the Interstate Commerce Commis sion. The establishment of this prin ciple in the railroad'' tariffs would mean the saving of thousands of dol lars to the shipper and receiver of freight in the interior points, and will give the interior points an opportunity for expansion along wholesale and distributing lines such as they have never enjoyed. The new freight rates as proposed by the Fourth Section Committee of Southern Carriers were carefully gone over by a special com mittee of the Marion County Board of* Trade last month and the Board of Trade petitioned the Interstate Com merce to put the new rates into ef fect as soon as possible. SENTENCES PASSED IN THE CIR CUIT COURT A great portion of the time in cir cuit court was devoted yesterday to passing sentences on those who have been convicted, and in each instance Judge Bullock gave a lecture to the unfortunate ones that will long be re membered by both principals and spectators. Those receiving sentences were: A. L. Parker, murder in first degree. Sentenced to state penetentiary for balance of natural life. Geo. Gibson, grand laceny and break ing and entering railroad car, two counts, ten years. Frank Birch. In this case the k jury could not agree on verdict. Birch, who was on trial for rape, agreed to enter a plea of guilty to assault in tent to rape—thereby saving the use of 18 feet of hemp. He got 5 years. Porter Lewis, fdfery. Eighteen monhts in county jail. Robert Hampton, breaking and en tering. Three years. Henry Wilson, petty larcency. $2OO and costs or twelve months. DEATH OF JUDGE WYNNE Judge Alexander Wynne died at his home at East Lake, on Lake Weir on last Friday afternoon. The Judge had been in failing health for a quite a while but the immediate cause of his death was acute indigestion. Judge Wynhe moved to Florida about thirty years ago from Texas and has since made his home at East Lake. Soon after moving to Florida oil was found on the land he sold in his for mer home in Texas, but in spite of this he never regretted moving to Florida and was a great booster for the state of his adoption. For many years he was justice of the peace of his community, and was well thought of by all who knew him. He w as tenderly nursed by his devoted wife, in his last days, and she sur vived him. The funeral of Judge Wynne took place on Sunday afternoon from his home, and was largely attended, many going down from our city. HENRY WATTERSON DEAD The whole nation mourns the death of Henry Watterson the last of the brilliant trio of ante bellum editors: Greely, Bowles and Watterson. He died in Jacksonville yesterday where he was spending the winter at the age of S3. Even such an expert in corwu* as the Timee-Unio. .peak. Of "Wild game" wUhout , to “craps” Is there any other kid of game? Punta Gorda Herald" *