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THE OCALA BANNER
THE NEWSPAPER-‘‘WHAT IS IT BUT A MAP OF BUSY LIFE, ITS FLUCTUATIONS AND VAST CONCERNS’-COWPER. VOLUME 56; NO. 13. business changes id EXPANSIONS 111 IS Dill Recent Big Conflagration Necessitates Changes in Location for Many Business Firms, While Various Expansions and Improvements Are Now Under Consideration I Business and buildings in Ocala p merrily on. Hummer, saw and trowel are heard „ both sides of the square and in ether parts of the city. The John D. Robertson building, (Ocala's John D. Rockefeller) located H the corner of Main street and Ock lawaha avenue, has reached and com pleted its fourth story and is in ev ery way a stately and shapely edifice, iad when completed will be Ocala’s tallest and one of her handsomest atntctures. • * • The burnt district is a hive of busy iadostry and upon the ruins are be ta! erected more imposing buildings and when completed will give to that part of the city anew type of archi tecture of splendid design. • * • Since the establishment in this city about sixty days ago of the business , frm konwn as The Ocala Seed & Sup ply Company, with Mr. J. G. Bowen ef Georgia in charge, it has grown to almost astonishing proportions. Mr. Bowden believes in the virtue of printer’s ink and through his an- Nouncement in the local papers to the effect that fresh seeds in any Nuntity could be had on short no tice his business has increased so rapidly that extra help has had to be employed to take care of the patrons. In selecting this city for the loca tion of his business Mr. Bowden, who iiamost pleasing and affable gentle wn, has made a “ten strike.” for udoubtedly this section embraces the ’wy best agricultural portion of the The farmers and truckers of Miiion and adjoining counties are to * congratulated upon having in CAPITAL removal project now DEMANDING GREATEST ATTENTION Tne proposition to remove the capi- of Florida from Tallahassee to more suitable place is attract jl considerable attention throughout State. the present location is most stable is clear to four-fifths of k People of Florida. That Tallahas ** ' s mo st inaccessible is bevond ItWion. Tby train service to and from Tal- Jt* 88 *® is nothing short of disgrace- The accommodations at the Tal **see depot would be discreditable " hock-woods village. reat the capital at present of the people would waste m going and two days in ** surrounded by class hilli and sweet southern senti **ither of which are regarded as relates to the capital capital of any state should be Jj?* * city within W* of a majority of the peo va PiUl removal issue many CV? bitter tight, and would then have been re 4, * s J' 0 ® banco but for the 111 f arhlch resulted in four or i||V the capital and L* cwiteßt - It was a tight kJ aCkßonVUle ami by Jack 'hen the election oc- K. to Tallahassee L and Tallahassee retained r* 6 * ** liahassee w ili again retain it citie 80 out after it Kt;, Bering the fight on one their midst an institution of this kind. • * • Messrs. Whittington & Phillips have rented the storeroom just east of the Munroe & Chambliss National Bank, formerly occupied by the , Rogers- Wilson Realty Company. Carpenter are at work converging it into one of those popular U-Serve Stores, making the fifth belonging *o them. Besides being part proprietor ct five U-Serve grocery stores, Mr. Phil lips is interested in two drug stores, and is rapidly becoming known as the “merchant prince” ol Ocaia. m m * Messrs. E. C. Jordan & Cos., are mak ! ing extensive and most noticeable j ! improvements upon the building they recently purchased just south of the Anti-Monopoly Drug Store, on South i Magnolia street, and will soon occu py the same. Messrs. Parker & jGuynn, who since the fire have been occupying temporary quarters in the | Carmichael building, on North Mag j nolia street, will move next week in to the store room now being vacated by E. C. Jordan & Cos. * * * Mr. N. L. Williams has purchased the candy kitchen, located in the Har rington Hall block from Mr. J. H. Reeder, and will add to the candies • and other confections a full line of newspapers and monthly periodicals, as well as cigars, cigarettes, tobacco and cold drinks. * * * Mr. Louis Yonce has purchased from Mr. George Williams a half in terest in his garage ad automobile business, in the Yonge block, on Os ceola street. Now which city is the best located for the capital? Unquestionably Jacksonville. Jacksonville is the most accessible city in Florida, and twice the size of the next largest city. BUT JACKSONVILLE CANNOT GET IT. Even when Jacksonville tried to se cure it before, the Times-Union op posed its own city vigorously as did the politicians who are blindly led by this newspaper. Jacksonville would not be united on any proposition. If Christ came to Jacksonville and stopped out in Springfield, Riverside would “cut up.!’ If the whole state of Florida should offer Jacksonville the capital there would be such a fight against loca tion that some fellow’ would go to the courts with an injunction. It’s just Jacksonville's way. The people have never been unanimous on anything. So Jacksonville is not in the capital removal fight. Then what is the next best thing? Why Ocala of course. Ocala is a beautiful city and the location is ideal. The people are most hospitable and nothing can be charged against Ocala except that many years ago. permitted Tom Wat son and his gang to invade it and hold a Populist convention there, and give birth to the Populist or “Ocala Platform.” But Ocala wasn't to blame and if Orlando and other cities want the capital removed they will quietly lay aside selfishness and center on Ocala. If Orlando and Ocala both get in to the fight then Tallahassee will keep it. —Jacksonville Observer. OCALA, FLORIDA, FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 1922. • WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN * Did aay of you know the classic countenance and the imperious dom inance of the Lame Lion of Virginia, the late John W. Daniel? Few, indeed, were those who could over-match him in oratory or debate. In pouring out upon his political op ponents the unmeasured vitriol of his wrath, he was almost without a peer in his day. In the S.t Louis convention, at which Judge Parker was nominated for the presidency, it happened that Ben Tillman was chairman of the committee to draft the national dem ocratic platform, and that Daniel and Bryan sat in that committee. Bryan was there contending with great vigor for certain things which Daniel op posed, and a running debate between them ensued; finally, Daniel got the floor, and with withering scorn open ed up the vials of his wrath on Bry an. and reproached the latter with having twice wrecked the democrat ic party merely to gratify personal ambition. Daniel’s remarks became so bitter that the chairman interrupt ed his torrents of personal denuncia tion and called him to order; at which point Bryan rose calmly from his seat and said: “Mr. Chairman, I uak that the gentleman from Virginia be permitted to continue his re marks.” Since that day I have had a warm spot in my heart for the Hon. W. J. Bryan. He is a good sport; and I extend him my friendship and greet ing, as a citizen of Florida. Thus i was made to know that Bryan was a big man and sincere in his purposes, and anxious that free discussion of all public questions be indulged, with utter disregard of his individual feelings; that no pride of opinion surmounted his love for his country, whose interests are ever ORANGE LAKE . C. Waits is loading two carloads of cabbage this week. J. B. Burrey and D. H. Burrey are shipping quite a good deal of lettuce. The prices in the market are much better. W. B. Brabham shipped green peas last week and was surprised by get ting returns of $7.50 a basket. Mrs. Annie Jones Williams of Ala bama is the guest of her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Irvine. Mr. H. Millichamp and sistrs. Miss Minnie, were down from Boardman to attend preaching at the Baptist church Sunday and spent the day with Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Burry. Mr. Arthur Rou from Reddick at tended preaching Sunday night,. Orange Lake was well represented at the teachers’ meeting at Ocala, Misses Gladys, Georgia and Carrie Mai Burrey, Evelyn Brabham and Irene Nelson attending. All are good teachers and all reared and practi cally educated at this school, with the exception of Miss Nelson, who re cently came from Michigan, and is now teacher of our school. This school has sent out ov'er a dozen teachers, which is a splendid recom mendation for a small school. ATTRACTIONS AT THE TEMPLE Beginning tonight with “Bubbles,” a three act play, featuring Maurice Morris, containing many thrills and a laugh a minute, the Temple has an unusual and most attractive reper toire for April. Among other stars, the following are booked: Eugene O’Brien, in “Clay Dollars;” Viola Dana, in “Golden Hours;” Bebe Daniels, Pauline Frederick. Elsie Fer guson. H. Goodwyn and a number of others in their latest productions. The Arabian Nights entertainment will be shown Monday and Tuesday afternoon and night. Mr. L. T. Craft returned home on Thursday after spending several days in Daytona and Daytona Beach, vis iting friends. The friends of Mr. Thomas Barcus, who formerly lived here, will regret to learn of his death, which occurred at Daytona Beach last Saturday. promoted by untrammeled debate upon public questions. The man who was big enough to dominate national democracy for eight years, and who had twice led the vanguard of its hosts in defeat, was thus found to lay aside all per sonal pride and egotism in order that the good of his party and his nation could be promoted by what of truth the wrath of the senator from Vir ginia might bring forth. It is a great honor to any man to sit in the senate of the United States of America; the biggest and the best are none too big, or too good, to cope with its vast responsibilities. There the greatest and the purest may not hope to gain the approval of all fac tions and all classes, but he should command the respect of the wrnrld; and, despite all popular clamor, be content to go to his death fighting under the glorious standards of truth. I believe Mr. Bryan has the inter ests of rural people too much at heart to tolerate legal recognition of spe cial advantages to union labor, for he well knows that no compensating ad vantages can be made available to nearly fifty millions of our rural peo ple. In behalf of our farmers and rural producers, I look to Mr. Bryan for justice, not favor; and let us hope that, as junior senator from Florida, he may make every citizen proud of the state and the nation as he sits in that august bod3 r , where none will surpass him in honor, in independ ence and in intellect. If any should deny him rank among the best of his fellows in that body, none can be found to rate him among the weakest. Florida, I love you; and I am for Bryan! Sincerely yours, W.M. HOCKER. Ocala, Fla., March 30, 1922. OUR FIRST TRACK AND FIELD DAY Friday, March 24, was a gala day in Marion county, for that was the oc casion of the first Marion county track meet and field day. There was a large crowd at the fair grounds, representative of the whole county. The schools participating were Dun nellon, Anthony, Ocala, Citra and Mclntosh. The day was opened by perform ances by the Ocala primary and grammar schools. These were gym nastic exercises under the direction of Miss Eastman. The uniformity and grace with which they were done is a result of much beneficial rtain ing. The fourth grade excelled in this department. Pupils of the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades had a meet of their own. The eighth grade had the highest number of points with George Jordan the star, scoring 22 1-4 points. Guyula Chan dler led the girls with 13 3-4 points. The high school events attracted the most interest. The individual stars were Harrington Hall of Ocala, who copped five firsts and a second place for a total of 28 points, and Es telle Wilkes, also of Ocala, with five firsts, or 25 points. Ocala ran off with many of the points, but was closely pressed in all events. The score follows: Ocala. 141; Dunnellon, 30; Mclntosh, 17; Antho ny, 17; Citra, 1. During the noon intermission a lunch was served by ’ the Girls’ Ath letic Association of the Ocala High School. They also served hot dogs, ice cream and cold drinks. The boys furnished programs and the high school orchestra the music. DEATH OF MR. SAM BURNETT Just as we were going to press a message was received givmg the sad information of the death of Mr. Sam Burnett, a nephew of Mr. Jerry Bur nett, and a former citizen of Ocala. His death was unexpected. The body will arrive on the Seaboard limited today and the burial will be from the train. The Bible says that "all men are liars,” but it makes no such accusa tion against women. PEDDLING MOONSHINE A HAZARDOUS OCCUPATION “A Sober Nation” Calculated to Develop Great Improvement in Physical as Well as Mental Ability in The Coming Generations Just before he left Orlando for his home in Boston Mr. J. B. Lewis fur nished the following information of the progress of prohibition obtained from official records. As time goes on it will become more and more hazardess to smug gle contraband liquors and the dis tillation of “moonshine” will fall under the ban of condemnation and will finally be abandoned; the boys com ing on will know nothing of the habit of social drinking as was so long the custom during the reign of the “side board decanter” and the “open saloon,” and in the years to come we shall have a sober nation which will immensely improve the race. But to Mr. Lewis’ letter which was written to the Orlando Sentinel. The letter reads: Editor Sentinel: —The eighteenth amendment to the constitution went into force January 16, 1920. The liquor forces claim that it has been a failure. Let us examine the facts, and answer the question. Can prohi bition be enforced? Do the results of prohibition justify the continuation of the policy? The facts here set out have been very carefully verified and are taken from the official records. In spite of the organized effort to defy this law, the federal enforcement department is making headway in checking law- violations. The amount expended in enforcement last year was $6,250,000. The fines, taxes, and other penalties amount to over $63,- 000,000. During the year 29,114 crim inal cases were commenced, 16.610 offenders pleaded guilty, 17,962 were convicted, and -765 were acquitted. What has been the' effect of pro hibition on crime, alcholism, bank de posits, employment and home life? Let the facts speak for themselves. Murders decreased 51 per cent, burg laries 10 per cent, and robberies 6 per cent in Chicago, according to the report of Director Chamberlain of the Chicago crime commission. In Bos ton, in 1917, the last year of unre stricted license, the arrests for drunkenness were 72,897. In 1921, under prohibition, 30,409. In the state of Massachusetts, in 1917, arrests for LARGE SHIPMENT OF CITRUS FRUITS GOES OUT FROM MARION COUNTY Ocala. March 28. —Marion county shipped more than 41000 boxes of cit rus fruit, this season up until March 15, according to figures just compiled by the Marion County Chamber of Com merce, and the returns, F. O. B. ship ping points, is estimated to have been around $1,450,000. These figures do not include numerous boxes shipped by express, nor do they include car lot shipments made since March 15, thousands of boxes yet to be shipped, nor sales made on the local market. It is estimated that the total crop for the season will be somewhere between 425,000 and 450.000 boxes, with the re turns F. O. B. shipping points between $1,500,000 and $1,500,000. Prices have been good, hundreds of cars bringing an average of $4 to $7 STATE BANK ORGANIZED IN LOVELY LITTLE SUBURBAN TOWN OF CITRA Without making any big stir Citra has opened a state Dank and has gone actually into business. The following from Tuesday's Tam pa Times tells the story; Florida’s newest bank, the state bank of Citra, has just been organiz ed in Marion county, with several Tampa men in its official family, ac cording to announcement made here Tuesday. Officers of the banka are: R. K. Wartman, president. Citra: N. A. Perry, vice-president, Tampa; W. M. Knight, vice-president. Citra; S. A. Graves, cashier, Tampa. At the organization meeting Sat $1.50 a Year drunkenness were 129,455. In 1921, under prohibition, 56,932. Four pris ons have been closed, viz: Lowell, Newburyport, Taunton and Fitchburg; also the Ipswich house of correction. In Milwaukee, the city which made beer famous, the arrests for drunken ness decreased 60 per cent. Governor Brown, of New Hampshire reported in July, 1921, that there had been but 43 jail inmates in that state since December, 1920. The wet city of New York, under license in 1916, had 687 death from alcholism; in 1917, 560; in 1920, under prohibition, 98. Dr. Horatio M. Pol lock, statistician of the state hospital commission of New York, said in a recent article that within two years after the 18th amendment became operative there are no state hospitals for inebriates left in the United States. Labor conditions. —245 of 526 la bor leaders interrogated by the Liter ary Digest, March, 1920, as to whether prohibition had been a benefit to the workingmen and their families, re plied, “Yes,” many emphatically. The commissioner of banks of Massachu setts reports that the increase in de posits in 1920 were over ninety-two million dollars, the largest increase ever* made. The report of Superin tendent Scott of Ohio, June 30, 1921, shows a gain of nearly $30,000,000 in savings deposits in that year. Not withstanding business depression and unemployment, returns from 623 sav ings banks, located in New England and the Eastern states show a gain of $338,336,000 in the deposits, and an increase in the number of deposit ors of 173,933 during the fiscal year. All this under prohibition. Infant mortality has fallen off, and the death rate of the Nation this last year is the lowest in our history. Fill more Condit, expert in figures on in sanity, gives official statistics show ing that prohibition has checked the increase and turned the scale down ward in the number of cases of in sanity. In the Boston. Mass., psycho pathic hispital admissions for insanity (Continued on Page Four) abox. The county ships mostly Par son Brown and Pinerpple oranges. The citrus fruit crop is by far the largest single crop produced in Ma rion county, although this county is most widely known as a general farm ing section. The citrus groves of the county are located in the northern part on Or ange Lake, around Citra especially,, in the section around Lowell, Fairfield and Irvine in northwest Marion, near Sparr, Ocala, Belleview, Candler, Sum merfield, and on and around Lake Weir. There are a number of groves in the lake region on the eastern side of the Ocklawaha river, and along the river, including anew develop ment of several hundred acres on Lake Bryant. urday the entire capital stock of $15,- 000, with SISOO surplus, was paid in. Contracts are being let for a banking building, which will be of brick con struction. Mr. Perry, vice-president of the new bank, has for some years been cashier of the bank of Commerce, of Tampa, and is interested in other banking enterprises. Mr. Graves, cashier of the new bank for several y®axs with various Tampa banks, hav ing resigned as cashier of the bank of Sulphur Springs some weeks ago. Byron W aldrope is now cashier of the Sulphur Spring! bank.