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Volume 56; Number 4. M OF TRADE BANQUET HONORING COLVIN GROWN On last Friday night the Board of Trade gave a banquet in honor of Mr. Colvin B. Brown, who was mak lDg a tour of the state energizing our commercial bodies and infusing in spection to our people generally. The banquet was held in the dining room of the Harringotn Hall. Every available place at the tables was taken and seevral late appli cants could not be given places. Mr. Brown’s address, which came at the end of the dinner during which there was a musical program, was most en thusiastically received. He had an important message and drove its points home with telling effects. During the dinner, which was pre sided over by President Carl G. Rose of the Marion County Board of Trade, Albert E. Gerig led the dinner in the choruses of several songs, two of which were sung to Mr. Brown. Ed ward S. Gernant sapg several songs assisted by Miss Byrd Wartmann at the piano. Mrs. Charles Davis was at the piano between the songs and played the accompaniments also for the choruses sung by all present. At the close of the dinner, President Rose thanked Mr. Brown and ail others who bad contributed to the success of the occasion. • During the afternoon Mr. Brown was in conference with the board of governors of the board of trade from 2:30 to 5 o’clock. He was then taken to Silver Springs and was carried away by the beauties of these famous waters as he viewed them through the glass bottomed boats. Mr. Brown ex pressed the opinion that Silver Springs SOAKING THE FARMERS UNDER THE ESCH RAILROAD ACT To the Editor Banner: I know you too well to think that you would intentionally use the col umns of your useful paper to mislead our fanners. A providence, which we may not question, has interveaned to defend you and me against the charge that, we seek the spoils of office. Thus we trust that those who ques tion our judgment may infer no errors of our hearts. It grieves me deeply to see our people, in active and useful pursuit, •eedlessly inflamed against one an other in vain contests, which carry no rewards except to those who live by public favor. Under this title you copy in your last week's issue an article from the Pensacola Journal in which Senator Trammell is quoted as having recently •-attacked by a speech in the Senate jlhe express rate, made by our lnter ptf**® Commerce Commission on cab l%o from Seville, Florida, to Rich |<i)d, Virginia. The rate in question | $3.17 on less than car lots and |Py Florida cabbage grower about per crate to cover cost of pack and growing after deducting com | missions and express charges. The man from Seville was more fortunate than a friend of mine in Asheville, New York, who could only !|P* $15.00 per ton for stored cab last winter. At best, one loses ODe quarter in quantity on stored cabbage; and my New York Iriend let most of them rot, as the hardly covered cosf of cleaning hauling them six miles to market, are grown in every state Union, and are our cheapest v gi-table, as a rule. The sick stand | no special need of them. Under kwaial conditions no growers of cab should hope to move them by ex in small shipments over one miles, and no northern grew lllg should we be permitted _ do so under normal conditions? ® should not be so seifish as to ask get lower rates than north- and surely our nationai ■R'SHII not be promoted by en by cheap express rates, the by that method of the mil tong of cabbage which we *** stapd shipment about as : any, and better than most - If the rich prefer fresh A .. k° m Florida, instead of buy iPlid ones from the Virginia THE OCALA BANNER are more beautiful than the waters of the Catalina Islands. Following the dinner Mr. Brown accompanied Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Swope to their orange grove home on Lake Weir and and spent the week end with them on a camping trip. Mr. Brown stated while here that the thing that has impressed him 1 most since coming into Florida has been the attitude of people of pne town ta another. He said that he had not heard a single word of disparagement I concerning any town, but on the con trary, had heard many things of com : plimentary nature. This, Mr. Brown i said, meant much to the future of ; Florida. MR. McADCO’S TESTIMONY Former director general of rail roads, Mr. W. G. McAdoo, testifying j on February Ist before the senate in | terstate commerce commission, de clared that a gift of $900,000,000 was handed the stockholders of American railroads in 1918 as a result of the federal rail control. Characterizing the roads as a “men ace to the country,” when taken un | Uer federal control, MeAuoo declared | the government’s management had I netted $900,000,000 in which private ownership could never have realized.” He blamed a deficit of $216,000,000 in 1918 on "inefficient private manage ment” during the first five months of the year. Conditions were corrected, he said, only after he had warned ex ; ecutives they were in danger of los j ing their positions. i j farmers, I say let them pay a high price; but do not kill the Virginia j farmers, by making attractive express ; rates on fresh grown cabbage from Florida. Very, very few farmers in our j Union would ever hope t.c net five j dents a crate on cabbage if sent 400 | miles by express in small lots. The gentleman from Seville is lucky; so why are our farmers thus inflamed against the Interstate Com merce Commission and the Express Company, which is under its control? Have our public men no knowledge whatever of the usual and normal movements of our national crops of cabbage and of the usual prices and prevailing methods of handling that immense crop? , . The market prices of cabbage in most northern states are frequently so low that no growers there can ever afford to crate cabbage, and they are shipped in bulk in car lots by freight. Is Florida to ask for favors because once in five years it m<ay happen that the rich in some northern city want fresh green cabbage rushed to them by express in small lots? Can not they wait until they can be moved by freight? Are we to make such lo'w express rates as to attract the movement of millions of tons of cabbage to move 'by that method? If so we better zone all express and freight rates, like we do the parcel post rates, and quit wrangling and squabbling, as we have been doing for forty years past. Now cucumbers do not carry as well in the stomach, or out of it, so well as cabbage, but I fear that if the Florida growers continue to send ! many more cucumbers by parcel post ! to New York the government will be ! forced to amend £he postal laws. Quite large quantities of cucumbers were shipped from Florida last winter by parcel post, to tickle the palates of the rich in the north. I do not think that those whose wisdom made our parcel post ever intended to move our cucumber crop that way; nor did those who fixed express rates on cab bage intend, or hope, that they 4 could be moved by express in small lots over 200 miles, much less 750, as done by the gentleman from Seville. But strife and contention pays the lawyers and the politicians, and the people seem realjy to enjoy it. Sincerely yours, WM. HOCKER. January 30th, 1922. OCALA, FLORIDA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1922. GARDEN SEED FOR FREE DISTRIBU TION Hon. Frank Clark, congress man from this district, has kind ly sent us a big bag of garden seed for free distribution. The seeds consist of a package of the fbllowing: “Beans, beet, carrot, lettuce and radish.” Any one planting a garden and wanting a package of the above seed can have same by calling at this office. These seed were grown by gov ernment experts and are said to be the very best varieties. FRIEDA HEMPEL CONCERT The large crowd that assembled at the Temple on last Friday night were thrilled with the beautiful concert given by Frieda Hempel and her com pany. It was indeed a rare treat for a town thP sice of Ocala to be favored with a prima donna of world wide fame. 7”hen the artist came on the stage she was greeted with a burst of ap plause and also alter each number. She was most gracious to her pleas ed audience. She having favored them with three lovely encores, one cf them being “Dixie” and never before did this beautiful song sound sweeter to the ears. Her voice was simply wonderful in the rendition of this song, and had she sang no other, the large crowd would have been pleased. The wonderful artist was supberb •in each number she gave, her selec tions were all good and indeed the people of Ocala should consider them selves lucky to have been favored by | Miss Hempel having come to us. Tic playing cf Mr. Boss, the pian | ist and Mr. Fritsis, the flutist were also wonderful contributions and add ed greatly to this concert that was the greatest musical treat Ocala has e\er been favored with. After the concert, Miss Hempel and her company and her husband were i entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Wade i Lumas, and the following morning they were taken out to Silver Springs, the Country Club and other parts of | the city. They were well pleased with I Ocala and it is the hope of all that | they will come again. A PROMINENT VISITOR Mr. Railroad Commissioner Wells of Tailahasse spent two or three days in Ocala the past week investigating freight rate problems and ineidental- I ly shaking hands with friends. Our railroad commissioner is a good mixer, a man of the people, and we are led to believe that he favors putting interior towns and cities on the same footing with seaport cities — no playing favorites. in other words, we believe he fa vors that good old doctrine of let ting “every tub stand on its own bot tom” —that slogan that was once so popular: “Equal rights to all—special privileges to none.” After giving “all rights to ali’t the ’several railroad commissioners may then well exclaim: “Now go to it and let there be a ‘survival of the fittest.’ ” Some how we could never h umorize that text of scripture with struggling humanity which says: “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abun dance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he hath.” * Mr. Wells took a trip over the lit tle Ocklawaha Valley Railroad to study the conditions against which it has been struggling for so long a time. We hope that he will find a way to make it a helpful factor in building up the section through which it passes and in doing so will make it a profit able investment for its owners. As it is all the industrious and hard working citizens of that territory hath we hope it will not be taken away from them. v CHICKEN SUPPER TONIGHT AT BELLEVIEW The Belleview Civic League is ad vertising one of those Chicken Sup pers for which Belleview is famous. The supper will be given at the Civic League Club House between the hours of 6 and 8 o’eioc this evening. A cor dial invitation is extended to_all to attend; It is hoped that Ocala will send down a big delegation. ■" 11l 1 # The firm of Roberts and Spencer is now C. V. Roberts & Cos., Mr. Roberts having purchased the interest of his partner, Mr. Barney Spencer. OCALA SELECTS MR. BRUMBY AS NEW MANAGER Our last city election declared rath er emphatically for a city manager in fact as well as in name, and in order to carry out the wishes of the voters so expressed at the polls the new city council has been looking about very faithfully for one that the members hope will give satisfaction —one both competent and experienced. The council first elected a Mr. Ryan of Sanford. As he could not relinquish his posi tion with the Sanford people until May, the council had to look about for one who could begin service at once. At a special meeting of the council held last Saturday afternoon Mr. Brumby of Marietta, Ga., was elect ed. Mr. Brumby made a personal visit to our city, looked over the situation ami accepted the •position and will enter upon the discharge of his duties the middle of the month. Mr. Brumby comes well recommend ed. He has been mayor of his home town as well as city manager. He belongs to prominent Georgia family; is a kinsman of the late Louis J. Brumby for so long a time a citi zen of our city, was gifted in many ways and was so helpful a factor in the upbuilding of our city. We hope that under the direction of our new city manager Ocala will tae our new city manager Ocala will take flourish like the palm tree spoken of in the Psalms and grow like the cedars of Lebanon. BUSINESS AS SEEN BY DUN’S REVIEW Expansion of business, if novwhol ! iy lacking, still develops slowly. The coldest weather of the winter at dif ferent points has augmented demand I for heavy weight apparel and fuel, yet ; there is a disposition now to watch I closely for gains which result from other than purely seasonal influences, j Basic industries have held most of the advance of recent monhts and in some instances have made further re- I covery, but rapid revival at manufac | turing establishments remains the j conspicuous exception. Revision of wages or increase of working hours ito effect lower production costs has I evidently not been completed, and the ■ expectation of railroad freight redue ■ tions persists, despite the delays ex perienced. With readjustments still to be accomplished and various un certainties present, there is not un naturally a cautious and hesitant at titude in many quarters, and a re- I luctance to undertake forward opera tions of magnitude. OUR FARMERS COOPERATING The co-operating movement on the part of our Marion county farmers which has been in progress for some time, is attracting outside notice. The last issue of the Agricultural News Service, speaking of it says: “One hundred and twenty-six farm ers in and around Ocala are solving the problem of marketing, at least from the purchasing end, thru their own institution known as the Farm ers’ Cooperative Association of Ma rion County. “The records of the organization i show that groceries have been han dled for six months and feed for four | months, and that these two phases of the business'have approximated $47,- 000. “The association is incorporated for $20,000, half of which has already been paid in. The stockholders were I recently paid over 12 per cent in divi -1 dends, and it is said, that regular re tail prices are never exceeded, and ; seldom equaled. j "This is a case where the fanner, i with his own shoulder to the wheel, is working out. his own salvation. We I cite the case for what it is worth, believing that there is room for many I other such organizations in Florida.” MARION AS A DEVELOPER | •' The first hydro-electric plant was put in operation in Marion county. The first orange grove for profit was planted in Marion county. ‘ Phosphate was first, discovered in Marion county by a Marion county citizen. Likewise gypsum was discovered by a citizen of Marion county. The good roads movement was started in Marion county. The first auction sale of pure bred cattle in Florida was held in Marion cbunty. The first cold storage plant in Flor- CONFEDERATE VETERANS MED WELL IN FLORIDA ida was established in Marion county.' The first artificial ice plant in Flor ida was started in Marion county. The first grapefruit was shipped from Marion county. 0 THE METHODIST REVIVAL The revival at the Methodist church which had its beginning last Sunday morning under the direction of Evan gelist C. F. Weigle and Mr. G. P. Cur ry, who conducts the singing, has been one of the features of the week. Mr. Weigle preached two sermons on unday, and one in the afternoon and night since Sunday. The services will continue all of next week, and are arousing consid erable Interest, notwithstanding the unfavorable weather the forepart of the week. A cordial invitation is extended to all to attend the services, as it is be lieved that all who attend will be benefited. Summer in Florida Florida as a summer resort for the nation is beginning ,to attract more and more attention every year. The old idea that Florida’s summers are unbearable is being rapidly dispelled. The Palatka Chamber of Commerce has just furnished the Marion County Board of Trade with the most inter esting data with reference to the summer weather in the United States. Says thp Palatka Chamber: “The Statistical Abstract of the United States,” published by the De partment of Commerce, shows that the United States government main tains sixty-nine weather bureaus in forty states whereat higher tempera tures are recorded in twenty-six states than in Florida, and that twenty of these twenty-six stales dre situated in the northern half of the United States; two of ten stations having had a maximum temperature lower than one hundred degrees are situat ed in Florida, and only one of the re maining fifty-nine stations with a maximum temperature in its history, higher than one hundred degrees is located in Florida. THE DIFFERENCE Away down south in Dixie land, In a few more weeks* we understand, The camps will open. Won’t that be grand For the fans down there in Dixie? They’ll see the youngsters throw and bat, And go to the argumentive mat, As to why this one’s as good as that, Will the fans down there* in Dixie? ■!' But later, when with bang and slam The season opens, then where I am I’d rather stay; wouldn’t give a German mark at the present rate of exchange To be a fan down there in Dixie. Walter. Trumbull, in New York Herald. SOUTH FLORIDA FAIR WILL BE GREATEST EVER HELD IN TAMPA Tampa, Fla., Feb. Ist, 1922. Special to the Ocala Banner: With the greatest first day attend ance in fair history here, the South Florida Fair opened its gates Thurs day morning. More than a score of counties, repre senting every part of the state. 4iave exhibits. There is a range of exhibits in the great county buildings that com passes everything that Florida soil produces, from the staples such as corn, oats, cotton, etc., to the rare tropical fruits from the lower tip of the peninsula. The citrus fruit display is wonderful. The showing of cured meats is a hunger-provoker. The live stock sheds are filled with blooded stock, and the poultry show is a riot of colors, crowing and cackling. The Canadian building is a day’s en tertainment in itself. The Dominion has spent $25,000 to show its products here. The shewing is a marvel and really educational. The first natural history museum $1.50 a Year Florida has the most liberal pen sion law of any southern state for Confederate Veterans. Our state pays them $240 a year. Alabama pays $94; Arkansas, $119; Georgia, $100; Louis iana, $200; Mississippi, $84.50; Miss ouri, $120; North Carolina, grade from S6O to $100; South Carolina, $62; Tennessee, $148; Texas, S6O to S2OO. On December 2, 1921, there were on the Florida rolls 2,557 widows and 1,571 veterans, making a monthly pay roll of $103,200, or $1,538,400 per an num. During the last two years there was a decrease of 810 names on the rolls, but 346 new widows and 62 vet erans were added, making the total decrease 402, or about 10 pfer cent. At this there are 1,985 Union pensions in Florida, who get an aver age of $1 a day, except in cases of disability. Payments of Confederate pensions in Florida are made in the office of State Comptroller Ernest Amos at Tallahassee. Through the efforts of Mr. Amos the amounts have been in creased by the legislature from time to time, practically doublnig the sums given to widows and to about 50 per cent increase for the Veterans. Be sides he secured permission to make the payments monthly instead of quarterly, and advanced the payments due on January 1 to December 20, to enable them to get their money for the holidays. When Mr. Amos went into the of fice in 1917 it was necessary that the pensioner make application for his | pension and file a voucher, which caused some little delay in getting it to him, while now his proof is made lon the back of the warrant which is delivered to every pensioner in this stale, no matter where situated, on the first day of the month. If, for any reason, they do not receive it it is the fault of the postoffice and not at Tallahassee. In handling this volume of business, which increased three fold under the monthly payment plan, the comptroller has been able to re duce the clerical help to meet the practical side of its solution. In other words, the office help required to get out these payments four times a year was greater than is used now to pay them off monthly. There was formerly a property quali : fication of $5,000 against getting a pension, but that ■ has been removed. All veterans must prove service and be a bona fide citizen of the state for at least eight years. A home for aged and disabled Confederate veterans is maintained at Jacksonville and has some fifty inmates at this time. — Moses Folsom in Jacksonville Me tropolis. Mr. F. G. B. Weihe has a novel at traction in one of his show windows — | a Cupie dancing the shimmie. It is i a very clever imitation of the real | thing. Ocala’s new seed emporium grows most of its seeds, having farms espe cially for growing seeds in Florida,. Georgia and elsewhere. j in the state is that at the fair, with several hundred mounted specimens of j Florida bird, reptile and fish life. The art show is attracting much I favorable comment; and the aggre gate value of the paintings runs into large figures. ' • ' The horse races are classy, the free 1 acts provide a world of entertainment, and the Pike is sp extensive that the most blase can find something new and utterly novel in the entertainment 1 line. It is Florida's greatest fair. In fact ; it is an international exposition. There is the keenest rivalry for the big prizes. The festivities on the 6th and 7th, the Rote-Press breakfast on the Bth, and the Shriners’ great parade on the 9th offer a week full of interesting entertainment and spec tacular shows. The fair this year will continue through February IX. It is a great educational feature as well as amuse ment-provider.