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1 ‘ • 1 ‘ ' •' '■'■■■ ■ ---■■■ ■■■ ■ ■ ■■■■- ■■■■ ■■■■! 4 , , - - - THE NEWSPAPER-* ‘WHAT IS IT BUT A MAP OF BUSY LIFE, ITS FLUCTUATIONS AND VAST CONCERNS’-COWPER. Volume 56; Number 7. GULL TO U. S. SENATE HEARD nn Hie William Jennings Bryan Willing To Make the Race if Urged By the State of Florida, Merely “From the Standpoint of Duty” Miami, Feb. 15.—William Jennings Bryan, responding to inquiries as to ■whether he would be a candidate for United States senator from Florida in the democratic primaries this year, to day issued a statement in which he said: “To those who have been kind enough to write me in regard to the senatorship, greetings: “I have been actively engaged in politics for more than 30 years. With the exception of less than seven years my work has been done as a private citizen, and I prefer to contin ue to serve the public without the cares of office. If the democrats of Florida felt that as a senator I could render service to the state and to the party in the nation sufficient to jus tify them in calling upon me to rep resent them at Washington, I would cansider the matter from the stand point of duty and in connection with other claims upon me, but I have no thought of entering into a contest for the office. Wants Pleasant Relations “The nominations I have received —two for congress, one for the sen ate and three for the presidency— have been tendered me practically without opposition and I have prized LAST SUNDAY PROVED TO BE A GREAT DAY IN THIS CIIY Last Sunday was a great day in Ocala. The church bells chimed their l joyful melodies. The streets were [■ thronged with an army of children on I their way to the various Sunday il schools. • I Evangelist Weigle preached three of ■ his best sermons in the Methodist I church and awakened increased in ■ forest-—Mr. Curry leading the singing I —with unusual ardor. V Rev. C. L. Collins, pastor of the Baptist church, besides preaching an excellent production of his own dur ihg the morning service ■ at night •reached one delivered by Dr. Stewart when that noted divine “"Was at his best, it was a wonderful sermon and we do not think it were \ possible for Dr. McArthur to have it more effectively or in ’better form. During the morning hour except ionally excellent sermons were de livered in all other churches to fairly large congregations. hi the afternoon there were meet- the Epworth League, the Endeavor and the B. Y. P. in the afternoon also Rev. W. J. of Boston, Mass., who has made * tour of Europe and is now making * tour of the United States, preached Jj* famous sermon entitled: “Mil hons Now Living Will. Never Die!” He gave his hearers the pleasing in those of us living in ffr Jear wil l never die. Accord i. to his interpretation of many , of scripture that is the date set for the beginning of the millen- I'r:. wen Satan shall be bound and *LKS NOMINATED NEW OFFICERS TUESDAY NIGHT FOR ENSUING YEAR n, aes a ‘ V . night bein & the regular nffi n^bt * or the nomination of ers for the ensuing year there ' an unusually large attendance at a. The candWates for %iii K ! , 1 ffices were chosen and u e „• . ba,loted on at a regular meet *ght in the near future. ----- membership i n ,the Elks Club Tufma* 3 iS rapidly mowing, and last ay night two new members; in tiated into the lodge—Messrs, i and W A Cowan. About! fcemhl T* DeW applications for I of t £"* hlp were read and a number otfc*.- i . er cards of members from lod es were acted upon. them as expressions of confidence. No friend will expect me, at my period of life and when my political record is known to all, to solicit support to take the risk of alienating those pledg ed to aspirants. I am looking forward to congenial association here with Florida democrats, who have been my co-laborers for a quarter of a cen tury. I am sure that our relations will be pleasant so long as my plans do not conflict with the ambitions of others or with their personal prefer ences. “With profound appreciation cf the expressions of esteem that have come to me, I am, “Very truly, * "WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN.’ CARD OF THANKS We are under many, many obliga tions to our friends who so willingly rendered their timely and valuably assistance in removing our household goods and furnishings from our home on north side of Lake Weir, that was destroyed by fire last Friday after noon to places of safety. And we take this method of thanking them for their valuable help and assistance. C. E. Conner and Family. holiness be triumphant throughout the world. There will be a general resurrection, and sin, disease and death are to be abolished. The prayer: “Thy King dom Come,” is to take place and things are to be done on earth as they are in heaven. The preacher declared when Christ said that “heaven and earth shall pass but my words shall not pass away,” he could not have meant that in its literal sense for as God and the holy angels are : compelled to have an abiding place it is impossible for heaven to pass away. What he meant was that the social order and the present government of the world are to pass away. In like manner he said that the Bible declares that the earth was de stroyed by a flood, but its meaning was that the things of the world were destroyed and not the earth itself. The preacher painted a vivid pic ture of the happiness awaiting us when sin, sickness and death are to be eliminated; wars and the rumors of wars are to cease; when all de nominations are to be merged into one; when there shall be no account ing of time, and all the world to he made bright and beautiful. The kingdom of heaven is to be at every one’s door and all the sin ful spots that now disfigure our earth are to be w r ashed away and beauty and universal peace abound. It is a very solacing belief but if it be true the next three years is to witness a marvelous regeneration. The services were opened with prayer and singing and those con ducting the meeting were to all ap pearances most devout and sincere. Workmen have been busy for the past month putting 'the lodge rooms in splendid shape. The walls and fixtures have been entirely done over, I new furniture has been installed and when completed the Elks of Ocala will have every right to be proud of their attractive quarters. After the business of the meeting had been completed Secretary C. Y. j Miller announced the surprise of the j evening when he invited those present |to “fall in,” and help themselves to a bountiful spread that had been ar ranged on a long table in the south room of the lodge. OCALA, FLORIDA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1922. TO OUR NEIGHBORING CORRESPON DENTS AND MANY GOOD FRIENDS Although dated Friday the Banner goes to press Thursday afternoon in order to catch the early Friday morn ing mails, so it is important that all correpsondence or other articles for publication should reach the office by Thursday noon. Its editor and business manager wish it were possible for the Ban ner to find a place and be a welcome visitor in every home in the county and to that end all those connected with the paper are striving to make it an acceptable family newspaper, in teresting to oid and young alike and especially to those of thoughtful minds. Every issue contains a farm page, giving tne most valuable information to those engaged in this most useful occupation. appearing on this page have the approval of those who are considered authority on all subjects pertaining to the farm. These articles alone ought to be worth the annual subscription price of the paper. . ti contains one or more columns in tended to be entertaining to the chil dren under the title of “Wits and 7 unnits.” It has a column entitled: "Items of Jscfui Information” which it believes will be useful as well as interesting ”a ing ,io most persons. QCALA MOURNS THE DEATH OF MR. J. M. THOMAS Mr J. M. Thomas is dead! Inespressable was the wave of sad ness that flashed throughout the city at an early hour Sunday morning when a telegram was received conveying this very sad message. Although this news was not unexpected it was none the less saddening and a great blow to his relatives and friends here, A few days before his death news was Received that his condition was very grave but Friday night more encourag ing news was received stating that be had regained consciousness but on Saturday he again grew worse and death came at an early hour Sunday morning. Mr. Thomas left his home in Ocala juj. lour weeks ago for Montgomery, Ala., to visit relatives for a few weeks. Be was suffering from the effects of a nervous breakdown and his physicians here advised a change hoping that different surroundings and a complete rest from work might effect a care. It was not realized that his condition was so critical and when the first news of the seriousness of his condi tion reached Ocala it was hard to be lieve and until the end every one hoped he might recover. For Mr. Thomas was exceedingly popular here and his death causes the greatest sorrow. Mr. Thomas was 54 years of age and unmarried. He came to Ocala from Atlanta ten years ago to accept the vice presidency of the Monroe & Cchamblise National Bank and he im mediately became very popular among his business associates and became deeply interested in the business ac tivities of Ocala. Mr. Thomas’ popu larity was attested by his Atlanta friends when he left that city by a large banquet given in his honor by the bankers of Atlanta on which oc casion many speeches were made an great regret expressed that he was leaving that city to make his home elsewhere. When Mr. Thomas had been living in Ocala for about a year his sister, Mrs. Gissendaner, died at Orlando leaving four orphans. Misses Ruby, Callie and Lucile Gissendaner and Master Robert Gissendaner the former now Mrs. Oscar Berger, of Little Rock, Ark., and these children Mr. Thomas brought home with him to Ocala and had ever since been as a father to them. They with three brothers, a sister and a number of other relatives survive him. Mr. Thomas besides being identified with a great many business ente% prises of Ocala was a very active member of the Marion county board of trade, was a member of the Ocala country club, of the Bonita Fishing and Hunting club and of several other organizations. The body of Mr. TUbmas accom panied by relatives arrived in Ocala Monday afternoon and the funeral was hold in this, his adopted home and which city he loved very dearly, one of hi3 last requests being that he be laid to rest here. The funeoal of the late J. M. Thomas was held at two-thirty o’clock Tues- i Under the heading: “News of the ; Week in Paragraphs” it briefly gives ah epitome of the happenings both in stiate and nation as well as in other lajnds which is intended to keep its readers posted on current events. It strives to make its “Society P?ge” entertaining to its feminine readers as it endeavors to interesting ly record every social happening. Its miscellaneous and political ar ticles are selected with discriminat ing carefulness and its editorials are written to engage and hold the atten tion of the thoughtful. It would like to have a correspond ent in every neighborhood so that its readers would be fully informed of what is going on throughout the coun ty and it would like for these corres pondents to be soliciting agents for it. It has been as a “sentinel on the whatsoever** guarding the good name and protecting the interest of this section for more than half a century, so it feels that it is deserving the good will and active support of this people; it would like, therefore, for its friends to speak a good word for it to their friends and neighbors and have them enroll their names on its subscription book. Help us push its circulation, good friends, so it may be better able to promote the activities of this section, which we all love so well. REAL ESTATE MEN BANQUETTED AT HARRINGTON HALL The members of Ocala real estate exchange were hosts at a very ele gant banquet at the Harrington Hall hotel at one o’clock Wednesday. The two bright particular guests on this occasion were Mr. Ernest L. Hill and Mr. J. L. Wallace, of Jacksonville, president and secretary of the state real estate exchange. They also in vited as their guests representatives of the local press and of many of the other business men of the city, places being laid at the banquet table. W’hile the dinner was being served excellent talks were made by Mr. Hill and Mr. Wallace, who were here in an effort to have the Ocala organization join the national organization. Mr. Harvey Clark, proprietor of the O. K. Teapot Grocery believes in pub licity and the poteny propelling power of printers’ ink. He has an at tractive advertisement in a dozen leading papers of the state. He is establishing a chain of stores of the “U-Serve System throughout the state. and was very largely All of the banks and every business house in the city was. closed during the funeral hour. Rev. J. J. Neighbor, rector of Grace Episcopal church, had charge of the service which was held from his late residence on Ocklawaha avenue. The interment wa* made in Greenwood cemetery, the casket being tenderly borne to its last resting place by the following young men, all employees of th ebank of which Mr. Thomas was the vice president, viz: R. T. Stroud, R. L. Dewey, Homer Agnew, Ernest Nott, Earl Gregory and Nelson'Rus sell. , i The grave of Mr. Thomas was liter ally buried from sight under an avalanche of beautiful flowers, sent by sorrowing Ocala, Atlanta and Mont gomery friends. The body of Mr. Thomas was met in Jacksonville on Monday by represen tatives of the ■ Ocala banks and the Ocala board of trade. Mr, L. H. Chazal, secretary of the board of trade, represented that organization; Messrs. L. R. Chazal and L. W. Duval, the bank of which Mr. Thomas was vice president; Mr. C. S. Cullen, the Ocala National bank and Mr. Roger Dodd, the Commercial bank. Judge Perry Thomas, of Montgom ery, a cousin of the deceased and two of his brothers, Mr. Hendricks Thom as, of Charlotte, N. C., and Harry Thomas, of Lowell, Ark., also accom panied the body to Ocala and were present af the funeral as was also Mr. Thomas’ niece, Mrs. Oscar Ber ger, of Little Rock, Ark. In the death of Mr. Thomas Ocala has lost a most valuable citizen and his death is very greatly deplored by the entire city. “Thou are gone to the grave,—we longer deplore three, no longer deplore thee, Though sorrow and darkness encom pass the tomb; He gave thee, and took thee, and soon will restore thee, Where death hath no string, since the Savior hath died.” HICK OFFENDERS GEIU6HTSENTENCES Judge W. S. Bullock Gives Fatherly Advice to Convicted Men and Gives Them as Light a Sentence as Possible Sometime in the early spring of last year a number of men (most of them young men) disguising themselves en tered the home of Mr. J. P. Milton, an aged man living near Kendrick, seiz ed and bound him while he was at his supper table, blindfolded him, put him in a waiting automobile and took him to a lonely spot in the woods some distance away, stripped him and with % buggy trace whipped him quite severely. They then turned him loose and gave him warning if he did not forthwith leave the state he would invite a more severe punishment. The feeble old man made his way to Williston, told how he had been treat ed, convinced someone that he had a bank account in one of the Ocala banks, had his check cashed, boarded the first train and departed for his former home in Georgia. In two weeks he returned to face his accusers, in some way the names of his assailants became known, the crime was investigated by the grand jury and true bills were filed against them. As soon as the action of the grand jury became known the young mep one by one appeared before Judge Bullock and made a frank gcknowl egment of their guilt. Judge Bullock took the matter un der advisement and kept the young offenders in a state of suspense for sometime, evidently as a part of the punishment which he intended to im pose upon them. On last Tuesday morning he sum moned the young meh to appear be fore him for sentence. He had them segregated and had each to come before him one at a time and state why sentence should not be imposed upon him. Each one made a very frank and evidently truthful avowal of their par ticipation in the tragic affair. It seems that this Mr. Milton some time previously ingratiated himself in to the good graces of a family of two most excellent women, past middle age, and entered into an agreement to farm on shares with them and in the course of time married one of them. It was not long thereafter before he openly imputed to his wife conduct so shameful as to incense the feel ings of the neighbors. The conduct of the husband towards these two good women and the tur ttioil into which he had thrown this once happy household became so rife LOU TELLEGEN IS COMING TO THE TEMPLE THEATER IN PERSON The coming of the eminent actor Lou Tellegen, who on February 22nd will present himself (in person) and his own company at the Temple thea ter is an event of moment to theater goers of this city, especially as he w r ill offer an elaborate revival of his greatest American success, “Blind Youth,” a comedy drama in three acts, with scenes laid in Paris and New York, the play being from the pens of Mr. Tellegen and Willard Mack. This is the same great play that created a furore at the 39th Street Theater in New' York city, and is founded upon an incident in the life of a fellow artist of Mr. Tellegen while he was a pupil of the celebrated Rodin of Paris, and through whose efforts he was admitted to the Paris Conser vatore, at which place he was seen and admired by the great artist, Mme. Sarah Bernhardt, who engaged him as her leading man several years ago, and who brought him to this country, where he made a hit second only to the divine Sarah herself. “Blind Youth” tells a story of a SUNDAY AT THE TEMPLE • ” Sunday, February 19th, at 4 o’clock the Boys’ Drum and Cornet Corps from the Georgia Industrial Home at Macon, Ga., will give a free concert at the Temple Theater. These boys are rd£l ; $1.50 a Year that it was noised about that their lives were in danger. As these stories went their rounds in the neighborhood they became grossly and more and more exaggerat ed when it was suggested that it would be a patriotic and proper thing to give the “old interloper” a sound thrashing and make him flee the neighborhood. We can understand how the hot blood of these young men were rais ed to indignation and could easily be persuaded to form themselves into a “vigilance committee” and rid these good women of their persecutor. We are reminded that human nature is the same in all ages, Throughout the pages of history we see similar in stances of this kind. By the systermatic spreading of rumors which grew more and more ex aggerated as they passed from mouth to mouth the populace in Rome was raised to such a frenzy that it led to the assassination of Caesar, one of the great men of the world. So it was in the case of these young men, and one by one they told their story to Judge Bullock, claiming that their passions were unduly aroused and now that they have had time to give the matter thought they are quite ashamed of their performance. It is certain that they did not do what they did for any sordid motive and evidently were made to believe that not saving life they were at least restoring happiness to a distracted household and ridding the neighbor hood of a disturber. After giving the young men a very severe lecture Judge Bullock pronounc ed the following sentence on each of them in proportion as he thought each deserving: W. B. Chappell S4OO and costs or ten months imprisonment in the coun ty jail at hard labor aridf three addi tional months if the costs were not paid. Roger Lyles, Wesley Lyles and Clyde Ray each $250 and cpsts or six months imprisonment and three addi- 1 tional months if the costs were not paid. < James Hooker and Harvey Waters each SSO and costs or. six months and three months additional if the costs were not paid. Harry Lee Bostick, $25. We believe that it is the sense of the public generally that the ends of justice is fully satisfied by the imposition of the above sentences. handsome young artist who falls ii love with an adventuress who almost brings him to utter ruin, but he is shown the finer side of life by a fellow artist, through whom he goes to America, he starts life anew, hi® regeneration becoming complete when a beautiful American girl who recipro cates his love. It is then that the old flame appears on the scene and tries to ensnare his half brother, but to tell all of the story would rob it of its hovelty and the many startling sur prises would lose their value to pros pective audiences. Mr. Tellegen will present me play here with a replica of the same sumptuous mounting which character ized the long runs of the play in New York, Boston and Chicago and with an excellent cast including Helen Grayce. Isabel Alden, Dorothy Beards ley, George Prentice, Estelle Floyd, Louis Darclay, Russell Davis, Hugh Banks and Jack Daly. The coming of Mr. Tellegen to Ocala is one of the biggest thetrical events ever transpiring in this city. artists and promise an afternoon of real entertainment tf all those who attend the concert. Let’s give the youngsters a cordial welcome with a large attendance; they deserve It. x v 3acner want ads tiring you results.