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Some Pertinent Facts Presented
To Tampa Traffic Manager As
Matter of Information
The following letter, which speaks
lor itself, has been addressed to C. S. I
Hoskins, traffic manager of the Tam-!
pa Board of Trade, by President T. i
J. Appleyard, Jr„ of the Florida Tra|-
fic Equalization League:
Lakeland, April 14, 1922.
Mr. C. S. Hoskins, Traffic Manager, j
Tampa Board of Trade, Tampa, j
My Dear Mr. Hoskins— l have read j
with a great deal of interest, and,
may I say, amusement, your inter
view in The Tribune of April 7 and
your very weak and wholly incon
sistent and selfish attempt at reply
to the letter of Mr. Edwin Spenedr,
Jr., of our city, which reply is pub
lished in yesterday morning’s Trib
une. With it all I have made a dis
covery and that is that apparently
the congress of the United States has
made a most glaring and fatal mls
vajL Opinions agree that *
141 the record of this Wl
f ill establishment is one , [jjfl
II |]!l of service perform- : : |IN I
IJ/ill ed. Those whom we
, have served will tell
y you that we fulfill v ty
‘= = =\ ouf obligations and i*== ,
ri that we are thor- ri
oughly trustworthy.
We will BUY your household
goods atid furniture, or sell' it
for you on commission at auc
tion. .
Office, 212 S. Tennessee Ave.
Office Phone 593. Res. 486 Blue
jfluii, 3oiu.ViKg ggCT<^njitrnani;JCrtE>]!li!rn7iT[@
CAPITAL (fsW}*£jjffljp 3 300,000.00
is far more likely to be dependable than individual
decision. (
That is one sound reason for the superiority of an
institution over an individual as executor, adminis
trator, guardian, agent, etc.
The composite judgment of our officers enters into
the execution of all trusts delegated to this institu
Cor Main Si. and Flbrida Ave.
Grocery store, stock, fixtures and building for
sale, doing good business, on south side; real
estate a fine corner, 55x135, two-story build
ing, with six living rooms and bath on second
floor.. Large store room with two living
rooms on first floor; clean sjock of goods, will
invoice about $2,500.. The real estate will go
at $8,500, one-half cash and balance good de
sirable vacant. The stock of groceries at pres
ent wholesale price, cash.. This is an old es
tablished business. . Owner going north and
desires to close out at once.
Phone 256 Thelma Hotel Bldg.
take in writing into the transporta
tion act of 1920 (without first con
sulting you) the prinicple that is the
very bed-rock of our constitution it
self, i. e„ justice and equality to all
in the pursuit of legitimate commer
cial endeavor. 1 find that for which
I have been searching for lo these
l many months—the Aiuse for the un
! rest, business depression, and all the
ills that our commercial life is heir
to —our failure to have such men as
yourself at the head of our great
government. Because had you been
there such errors would never have'
, occurred. And while it may have been
, a long time coming, you may be sure
I that at last you have been discovered
I and that from now’ and henceforth, at
! least in one instance, can we say that
| there is nothing to the theory that
“full many a flower is made to blush
■ unseen and to waste its fragrance
jon the desert air.” Not only has
| our congress, made up, in your opin
| ion, of dubs' and boneheads, made an
i error and mot only are they wholly
I wrong in their principle and theory,
but a .great many of the able men,
in .fact X assume the majority of able
men who make up the personnel of
the Southern Traffic League, are
likewise without judgment and abil
ity in the matter of principles of rate
making. But in their lack of judg
ment, Mr. Hoskins, the congress of
the United States did write into the
transportation of passengers, or of
section which reads: “That it shall
be unlawful for any common carrier j
subject to the provisions of this act
|to charge or receive any greater
| compensation in the aggregate for the
| transportation of passengers, or of
I like kind of property, for a shorter
| than for a longer distance over the
| same line or route in the same diree
] turn, the shorter being included with- 1
! lu tlle " longer distance, or to charge
any greater compensation as a
through rate titan the aggregate of
the intermediate rates subject to tire
provisions of this act.” Evidently this
body, ofjnen believed that it was un
just and that it was eminently un
fair] for the people of Lakeland, for
example, to pay more for the trans
porting of a commodity from its
point or origin to Lakeland, than the
people of Tampa are paying on a
commodity from the same point of
origin, many times this point of
origin being inland where water rates
would not offer competition, thereby
preventing Lakeland from enjoying
an equal opportunity with your city I
| in developing itself in a wholesale
j an ", industrial way. They believed, I
j evidently (and I think, Mr. Hoskins,
you will iind this belief very prev
| aieat all through tile interior of
! Florida) that the people of Lakeland
j and other interior points should not
I be made to pay the penalty in the
I differentials in the rates that now
exi3t. .
The most inconsistent thing about
| you, ami there are many inconsistent
things, is how little value, when it
comes to a pinch, you place in your
' port. We have always been led to be-
I lieve that with your deep water —
| "nearest port to the Panama canal"
j —that “you should worry” about rail
, rates, and for the life of me I can
not understand why you are so alarm
j ed over the probability of the fourth
section becoming operative. The truth
i of the matter is, Mr. Hoskins, tha:
you have been using your port as a
sand bag and as a club to enjoy a
favorable rate to Tampa over the
rails, thereby causing the interior
points to 'suffer to the extent that
their and development in
dustrially and in a wholesale way
has been seriously retarded by hav
ing to pay tribute to your whole
sale and manufacturing interests and
because products and raw material
cautd be - hauled right through Lake
land to Tampa at a lower rate than
to our city. What you see, Mr.
Hoskins, in the fourth section Is busi
ness slipping away from Tampa but
apparently you lack the vision to see
that in the building up of the interior
as a result of this very fair prin
ciple, that Tampa in the end is going
to benefit because 1 if your port, Mr.
Hoskins, is ever to develop into a
pretentious port, there must be com
modities on your wharves and piers to
load into vessels for tile return
journey of ships if you get proper
coastwise transportation into Tampa
fro mthe eastern markets. The great
trouble you are experiencing and
have experienced in getting the
proper water transportation is not
so much due to the fact that there
is any secret understanding between
the water and rail transportation in
terest, as it is due to the fact that
while the ships may he able to bring
down a full cargo to Tampa, you
have nothing to send back in those
ships. Isn’t that a fact, Mr. Hoskins?
Now Mr. Hoskins, if you can get
cheap water transportation, if it will
save you from the penalties imposed
by your section (the long haul), pray
tell us wherein Tampa will he in
Isn’t the truth of the matter, Mr.
Hoskins, the fact that Lakeland, Or
lando, Bartow, Ocala, Gainesville and
all interior points are going to at
last enjoy an equal showing and are
they not as a result going to take
away from the wholesale and manu
facturing interest of Tampa (who pay
you your salary) a large part of the
trade that they now enjoy through a
very immoral rate structure. Isn’t
this the thing that sticks in your
Why didn’t you, Mr. Hoskins, when
you quoted the proposed rates as
in your reply to Mr. Spencer, quote
the proposed rate to Tampa as well
as to Lakeland, thereby showing the
principle of the long and short hauls.
Why didn't you state, Mr. Hoskins,
that Tampa will pay more than will
Lakeland, and the reason is, Mr.
Hoskins, that Tampa is thirty-two
miles south of Lakeland. Why didn't
you say that today the rate to Tam
pa on this commodity is lower than
the rate to Lakeland or to Kissim
mee, or Orlando, although these
points are a “shorter haul’ ’and that
under the fourth section principle
tire rates to Lakeland, Kissimmee,
Orlando, etc., etc., will he lower than
the rate to Tampa?
By way of introduction, Mr. Hos
kins, let me introduce to you Mr. Ed
jvin Spencer, Jr., attorney for the
Florida Traffic Equalization League.
I make this introduction so that you
may know who Mr. Spencer is and
whom he represents. The Traffic
Equalization League is an incorporat
ed organization whose membership
represents the business and profes
sional men, the wholesalers and manu
facturers of -interior points of Flor
ida, which points, Mr. Hoskins, rep
resent the larger part of the popu
lation of the state, and probably, Mr
Hoskins, it may interest you to know
that this institution was born as a
re.iult of the recognition on the part
of the Pfople of the interior that they
had paid unfairly and unjustly thou
sands upon thousands of dollars trib
Daily Fashion Hint
Straight linos, with unvarying reen
larity. and irregular draperies, when
ever there is an excuse fur them, dis
tinguished the new frocks of crepe
and satin. One of the handsome black
and - white figured materials upon
which French weavers are specializing
this season, is used for the first dress
pictured. Kimono sleeves are cut in
one with the front and bade of the
blouse, while the underarm scamt are
left open below the waist-line. The
one-piece jupon skirt is attached to a
long-waistcd underbody. The cape
collar puy be omitted, if preferred.
Medium size requires S’/i yards 40-
inch material.
Paisley silk i:i u:ad for the yoke of*
the second cosiur.ic, fashioned in dark
blue satin. The yoke extends over the
shoulders, producing the low line, so
much in vogue at present. Gathered
panels arc adjusted at the sides of the
two-picce skirt arid extend in points
below the hem. Medium size requires
4'/ 2 yards 40-inch satin ar.d Jd yard
36-inch Paisley silk.
First Model: Pictorial Review
Tunic Blcuse No. 9871. Sizes, 34 to
46 niches bust ami 16 to. 20 year.
35 cent# Skirt No. 9873. Sizes, 34
to 48 inches bust atid 16 to 20 years.
Price, 30 cents.
Saceerf Model: Blouse No. 0863.
Sizes, 34 to 44 inches bust. Price, 35
.Skirt No. 9853. Sizes. 24 to 36
—j C f PfJod JK
ute annually to Tampa and to Jack-L
sonville through an inequality in j
transportation rates —and because, of
this their growth had been very seri-j
ously retarded—and that this unfair
rate situation had aided in the build-i
ing of your community at the expense !
of the interior.
Let me warn you now that the
fourth section is going to become
operative and that the people of the
interior of Florida are going to give
of their time and of their means to I
bring this about. What they are I
fighting for, Mr. Hoskins, is the !
just and the fair and the economic 1
principje involved in this section, i. j
e„ that the transportation companies
shall not charge more for transporta
tion of commodities from points of
origin to Gainesville, Live Oak, Ocala, ,
Leesburg, Orlando, Bartow, Lake-;
Hind, etc., than they charge for the j
same commodity delivered to the mer- ■
chants and manufacturers and the
wholesalers of Tampa. They are not
concerning themselves so much at j
this moment with the question of the j
rates that •'will be proposed so long
as those rates carry with them anil j
establish the principle as set up in 1
the fourth section. The question of |
the rate itself can very easily be j
handled and the lowering of the level j
of rates besought about, if the prin-!
ciple of the fourth section has once I
been firmly established upon which
to Handle it. You have never yet nor i
will you dare now deny the right and I
the justness of the long and short i
haul principle, that principle which j
provides that we here in Lakeland
shall not pay more (which we are do
ing at this time) than you in Tampa j
pay in the transporting of commodi- j
ties to this point.
Let me report to you, Mr. Hoskins, j
what Mr. Spencer has said to you,
and that is that’ the attitude that you
have taken is a most selfish one and ■
one if continued will turn the whole j
southern part of the state against
Tampa. And let me add one more |
thing—that the people of Lakeland, i
and the people of Orlando and other
points throughout the interior of 1
Florida will be glad to work with;
Tampa and with Jacksonville and
any other point in bringing about
a general lowering of the level of;
rates at any time you are ready to ‘
work with us, hut right now, Mr.
Hoskins, our interest is in getting 1
the fourth section principle fixed, anil
whether you work with us or not,
after that has been done, you will
find that the Florida Traffic Equaliza
tion League, the personnel of which is !
just as representative and made up
of just as capable men as your fair
city enjoys, is going to work for the
general lowering of the level of the
rates and in doing this its effort will
accrue fco Tampa's benefit.
our interest in the consumer in
the interior, Mr. Hoskins, is not nearly
so great as you would have the con
sumer believe. When you talk of
the consumer and his interest, which
seems at this moment to be so near
and dear to you, we are reminded of
the very apt and the very true words !
of caution, "Beware of the Greek
especially when bearing precious,
gifts." |
Very truly yours,
President Florida Traffic Equaliza-I
tion League.
I only wish I hail discovered Fol
ey’s Honey and Tar 50 years ago, as
I have been the victim of attacks of
influenza and had colds until I found
this wonderful relief,” writes W. II
Gray, 854 Nowita Pl„ Venice, Cal
That L. J. Whitmore of Lakeland Has Purchased
The Business Known as BEASLEY’S AUTO
SUPPLY SHOP and will continue to conduct it
on the same high plane as
Whitmore’s Auto Supply Shop
220 So. Fla. Ave. Phone 39
. - j
~v ■ f :f . k-1. ... 4.. 1 t -.*asEAjm!
Some Real Items For
Mid-Week Shoppers
SNOW DRIFT, dM 00 i? BUTTER, Brookfield, 4 4
8-lb. buckets P per lb
FLOUR, Birdseys Best, CQ .
super grade pastry, 12-lb.. CHEESE, Wisconsin O 5
OATMEAL, Mothers, 1 1 Cream, per lb
#1 - BACON, Swift’s Pre- 40
CORN FLAKES, Kellogg sOC mium, 1-lb. pkgs
3 for
SUGAR CORN, 101 MILK, Tall Everyday, 1A
No. 2 can per can
Here you will find all seasonable vegetables, such as new
string beans, new irish Potatoes, cucumbers, fresh toma
toes, bell peppers, lettuce, yellow squash, carrots. We
expect a lot of first-class roasting ears for Wednesday’s
trade. Come early.
Beginning next Monday, April
24, all three branch stores will
be closed from 12:30 to 1:15
for lunch, with the exception
of Saturday, when they will
remain open all day.
Lanier Grocery
The “Wright” Place
Foley’s Honey and Tar helps roughs
and colds, bronchial and la grippe
coughs, tickling throat and hoarse
ness. It is good for croup and whoop
ing cough. Mr. Gray adds: ‘‘Worth its
weight in gold. Marvelously effective.'
For sale by Henley's Drug Store.
New York, April is.—in striking
contrast to initial dealing of the past
few weeks, opening prices in the stock
market today were decidedly reac
tionary. Yesterday's record opera
tions and the unstable movements of
certain leaders, especially the oils,
evidently prompted a renewal of short
selling, athough rail; solnved marked
firmness. Sinclair. Studebaker. Mid
vale, Baldwin. .Bethlehem. Westing
house. Mexican Petroleum, and At
lantic Gulf lost substantial fractions.
Standard Oil of California, United
States Rubber, St. Paul, Atchison,'ll-
Beginning Thursday, April 27,
ail our stores will be closed
Thursday afternoon during the
linois Central, and New Haven fea
tured the market's stronger side.’
Reading's one-point reaction reflected
the latest aspects of the coal strike.
New Orleans, April IS.—Botton op\
ened steady: May 16.57; July 16.86;'*
October 16.78; December 16.76: Janu
ary, 16.70.

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